Games Village lockdown to start later this week

Last Updated: Sep 16, 2010, 20:19 PM IST

New Delhi: After much delay, the security lockdown of the Commonwealth Games Village and other venues connected to the event will start later this week.

Official sources said the first in line would be the Games Village after which stadia and other venues will follow.

In a ‘lock-down’, the entire venue is completely sanitised by security agencies and is sealed after a thorough check of each room available. The only time when the seals will be taken off is when the Commonwealth Games officials or players will enter these areas.

Sources said the lockdown of Games Village is expected by September 19, just days ahead of the sporting extravaganza which will begin on October 3.

Lockdown will be effected in other venues some days later as finishing work is still going on in some places.

Over one lakh security personnel including those from Delhi Police will be deployed for the security of the Games.

Security agencies were earlier concerned about the delay in construction of stadiums and other facilities as it was hampering putting a fool-proof security mechanism in place.

They said in an ideal situation, all the 63 venues to be used for the Games should have been ‘locked-down’ by August 1 for the security agencies to carry out anti-sabotage checks.

September has been a busy month for security agencies as final touches to all security related matters including transportation of officials and players from airport to hotel, the Games village and stadiums were being fine tuned.

Moreover, integration of CCTV cameras and other software, carrying out anti-cyber security threat drills among others are also being carried out.

While army personnel will be put on standby during the Games, Air Force and BSF helicopters would be pressed into service. Sources said chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) teams of the Army will also be deployed.

A high-level meeting on the security set-up for the Games is expected to be held in the Union Home Ministry early next week.

PTI