No parking around Wankhede during WC matches

Mumbai: With intelligence inputs that terror outfits may strike during World Cup matches by parking explosive-laden vehicles, the city police have decided not to allow parking within a radius of one kilometre of the Wankhede Stadium.

The police have appealed to spectators to opt for public transport instead of private vehicles the parking of which will not be allowed anywhere near the stadium which will host three matches including the final.

]"I would like to appeal to the spectators and people to opt for public transport during the matches as parking near the ground will not be allowed. Those who come in their vehicles will have to park them either near Inox mall, Nariman point area or near Azad Maidan," Mumbai Police Commissioner
Sanjeev Dayal said.

The areas where the parking would be allowed are located at least one kilometre away from the ground.

Asked about the intelligence inputs that terror elements may park explosive-laden vehicles near the ground, he said "no doubt there are some elements who are planning to spoil the game. We are taking all precautionary measures to ensure that everything goes off well."

The city police chief also asked the spectators to arrive at the ground "well in advance" so that they could go through all security checks including frisking.

On March 13 and 18, New Zealand will play against Canada and Sri Lanka respectively while the final would be played on April 2.

Necessary provisions would be made for the vehicles of people living near to the ground, said Joint Police Commissioner (Law & Order) Rajnish Seth.

If the spectators avoid private vehicles, congestion near the ground can also be reduced, he said, adding that "police are making elaborate security measures for the three ties that would be played at Wankhede which has capacity to sit 32,000 spectators."As the financial capital has been under the radar of terror outfits, there is a possibility that these groups may try to strike someway or the other, another senior police official said.

A multi-layer security will be put in place around two-km radius of the stadium during the matches and outside food items will not be allowed inside the stadium.Apart from the city police, State Reserve Police Force personnel and Quick Response teams will also be deployed in and around the stadium.


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