Tight security plan for Delhi World Cup ties

first_imgA top Delhi Police official on Wednesday said that militants’ threat perception to the cricket World Cup will be taken into account while providing security for the four matches to be played at the Ferozeshah Kotla starting next month.Delhi Police have made elaborate security arrangements for the World Cup matches at the Ferozeshah Kotla.Karnail Singh, joint commissioner of police ( northern range) gave the assurance a day after he and other top police officers discussed the World Cup security arrangements with the Delhi and District Cricket Association ( DDCA) officials.With this second meeting between the DDCA and the Delhi police – the first one was held at the Police Headquarters on December 27 – over the security and traffic arrangements and the tickets for Delhi matches going into print on Thursday, the preparations for the World Cup have begun in the right earnest here.” The DDCA officials have told us about their requirements and we also apprised them what we would be requiring. Basically, we discussed what needs to be done during the matches. Security for matches at the Kotla has never been a problem in the past,” Karnail Singh told M AIL T ODAY . When asked about the steps that would be taken to meet the threat perception from certain militant outfits, he said: ” We will be having the threat perception in mind while providing the security.” Delhi Police have told DDCA officials that all people, who would be on official duty during the matches, will have to be verified, whatever their numbers may be. All employment and deployment will have to have the police’s permission.advertisementSpecial care will be being taken to scan all the items that will be taken inside the stadium. For this purpose, DDCA will hire big scanner machines to check items like the food, beverages, huge television equipment and cameras etc to ensure safety for all.As part of the security steps, 39 items, including plastic water bottles and coins, will be banned inside the stadium. Some of the other things that will not be allowed, include sharp- edged items, alcohol, pens, pencils, lathis , hard and long sticks for carrying flags ( only slim ones will be allowed), musical instruments, balloons, whistles, papers, binoculars, cameras and laser lights etc.” Spectators will be allowed only paper cups to drink water. We will publish advertisements in newspapers well in advance so that spectators know exactly what all they can’t take inside the stadium,” Ravinder Manchanda, a member of the DDCA security committee and joint secretary ( club), told M AIL T ODAY . ” We will also be very strict while designating people on duty during the matches. In the past, we have made many duty cards but this time we will cut down on numbers; only the minimal required people will get the cards,” he said.The Board of Control for Cricket India ( BCCI) has said that it will fully rely on the local police for security at all eight venues hosting World Cup matches.DDCA will, however, hire private security personnel for checking tickets at the turnstiles and they will also be posted at corporate boxes.However, the capacity of the stadium, which is 47,000- plus, will not be reduced. The tickets will carry detailed instructions on the ‘ dos’ and ‘ donts’ as well as the names of banned items.Only the vehicles of players and match officials – umpires and match referee – would be allowed inside the stadium.While space for only 250 VVIP cars will be allowed in the park in front of the main Kotla gate, spectators will have the parkand- ride facility.Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police ( traffic), said that two spots have been identified for spectators to park their vehicles.” Mata Sundari Marg and Shanti Van, which are in the vicinity of the Kotla, can accommodate quite a large number of vehicles. There will also be shuttle services from two Metro stations – the New Delhi railway station and Pragati Maidan,” Garg told MAIL TODAY . ” We have asked DDCA to arrange for buses and Qualis jeeps in association with the Delhi Transport Corporation to ferry spectators from the Metro stations,” he said.Kotla will host the South Africa- West Indies ( Feb 24), West Indies- Netherlands ( Feb 28), Kenya- Canada ( Mar 7) and India- Netherlands ( Mar 9) matches.last_img

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