Tight security for first WC match at Kotla

Last Updated: Feb 23, 2011, 23:39 PM IST

New Delhi: Delhi Police on Wednesday said it has made elaborate security and traffic arrangements for the first World Cup cricket match tomorrow at Ferozeshah Kotla ground where armed security personnel are keeping a tight vigil.

Over 1,000 police personnel led by five Deputy Commissioners of Police will be deployed in and around the stadium in central Delhi where South Africa and West Indies will clash in the pool-match.

Police had conducted several mock drills at the stadium to check the preparedness of security agencies in case of an eventuality like terror strike or any disaster, a senior police official said.

Private security guards have also been deployed in the stadium to help the security forces, he said.

The National Disaster Management Authority personnel will also be present at the stadium while a large number of volunteers will help spectators who may need assistance.

"We have made all arrangements and we have put in place all the safety measures to avoid any untoward incident. The disaster management team is also here," the official said.

Police have also made elaborate traffic arrangements to ensure that there is minimum inconvenience to commuters. No parking will be allowed for vehicles in proximity of the stadium tomorrow. For spectators, park and ride facility has been created at Mata Sundari Parking and Shanti Van Parking areas. Spectators can also walk down to the stadium.

"After the conclusion of match, spectators are advised to reach park and ride places through the shuttle service or by foot.”

"There will be very limited parking facilities for labelled vehicles in the proximity of the stadium and no
parking will be allowed for general vehicles," the official said.

No vehicle will be allowed to be parked at both the carriageways of Bahadurshah Zafar Marg and Jawaharlal Nehru Marg on the match days and vehicles parked on these roads will be towed away and action taken as per law, he said.

Though no diversion has been planned for Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg or Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, the official said, the general public is advised to avoid some roads.

The stretches are Rajghat to J L N Marg, J L N Marg from Kamla Market to Raj Ghat, Asaf Ali Road from Turkman Gate to Delhi Gate and B S Z Marg from Ram Charan Agarwal Chowk to Delhi Gate.

Spectators cannot bring electronic items like laptop, camera or video camera, transistor, digital diary, remote controlled car-key, eatables, food packet, water bottle, cigarette lighter, match box, knives and arms.