Army personnel to assist in CWG security from mid-September

Last Updated: Aug 25, 2010, 12:24 PM IST

New Delhi: Over 1,000 personnel from
specialised units of the Army are likely to be roped in for
specific security-related duties during the upcoming
Commonwealth Games here.

Official sources said the Army personnel are scheduled to
be deployed by September 15, a little more than a fortnight
ahead of the start of the sporting extravaganza on October 3.

The personnel would provide technical assistance related
to intra-force communication, maintenance of jammers,
decrypting suspecting signals besides providing other logistic
support, they said.

Sources said Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and
Nuclear (CBRN) teams of the Army will also be deployed during
the Games.

They said a solution is understood to have been finalised
between the Urban and Defence Ministries related to free stay
of Army men in the national capital following which special
arrangements has been made near Palam from September 15 to
October 20 for them.

Earlier this month, the Urban Development Ministry has
sought help from Defence Minister A K Antony to ensure that
Army does not charge the Commonwealth Games Organising
Committee for certain facilities provided by it during the
mega event.

The sporting extravaganza is scheduled between October
3-14 here.

Sources said that Army personnel would liaison and help
in maintaining security of different vital installations
including top hotels and Games village, where foreign
delegates and participants would be staying.

They said personnel have been earmarked for withdrawing
them from various units and preparations are underway to send
them here.

Over 70 countries are likely to participate in the
sporting event. Delhi Police and central security agencies are
striving hard to ensure fool-proof security for the event,
which is being hosted by the country for the first time.

About 175 companies(17,500 personnel) of Central
paramilitary forces, 3,000 commandos, 100 anti sabotage teams,
200 dogs and 15 bomb disposal squads will be put in security
for the Games.

PTI