Delhi will have a 4-layer security cordon for the Commonwealth Games to be held on October 3-14, 2010, covering all the venues, including the various sporting facilities and the Games Village.
All the venues related to the Games will be protected by 4 layers of tight security – the outer, middle, inner and the exclusive levels.
The elaborate and “impregnable” security plan includes patrolling, deployment of plainclothesmen, widespread anti-sabotage checks, quick-reaction teams, commando strike teams, snipers, and bomb-disposal squads.
In all, 71 teams as well as dignitaries from 52 countries are expected to be present at the Delhi Commonwealth Games.
In addition, there will be extensive aerial reconnaissance over the entire area, Neeraj Kumar, Special Commissioner of Police (Administration), New Delhi, told reporters while unveiling the elaborate and complex security arrangements for the mega-event.
The outer ring will constitute monitoring of park-and-ride facilities, surveillance via closed-circuit television cameras (CCTVs), and access-control steps such as soft-checking of tickets.
In the middle security cordon, both visitors and spectators will be “channelised” to designated seats at the venues concerned. The middle ring will have, apart from electronic surveillance, snipers positioned on rooftops.
In the inner cordon, tickets will be re-checked using barcode-screening and also by using photos of the spectators taken. Vehicles of the VIPs, visiting dignitaries, officials of the organising committee and of the participants and their families will get checked through pre-allotted radio-frequency identification, under-vehicle scanners and licence-plate scanners. Boom barriers, road-blockers and tyre-killers will be put in place in order to prevent forcible entry into any of the venues.
Any entry to the innermost level, or the exclusive zone, will be permitted only after a person is screened through manual frisking; door-frame detectors, metal detectors and hand-held detectors; X-ray baggage scanners; and closed-circuit television cameras.
According to Special Commissioner of Police (Administration) Neeraj Kumar, the ‘holistic’ security plan is to be carried out in coordination with civic, medical, intelligence and security agencies.
The elaborate security arrangements for the Delhi Commonwealth Games is to cover the Games Village, the 12 venues for sporting competitions, the 15 venues for standalone practice, over 50 standalone parking sites, the 9 hotels where the dignitaries stay, the central logistical centres located on the Mathura Road, the media centre at Pragati Maidan, besides the entire Delhi city in general.
A hub named the Command, Control, Communication, Coordination and Integration Centre is being established at the Delhi Police Headquarters in order to ensure real-time coordination among the various monitoring and assisting agencies. And, these different agencies will stay interconnected via wireless sets, landline phones, mobile phones, hotlines, and the Tetra trunk system.
Expert teams to respond to improvised explosives devices (IEDs) as well as chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological explosives will be stationed at all key location in and around the sporting and residential facilities.
From the skies, planes of the Indian Air Force (IAF) and helicopter-borne assault teams will guard all the facilities below.
The police are taking every possible step to ensure fool-proof security for the Commonwealth Games, Neeraj Kumar said at the press briefing.
All policemen will be issued what is called “non-cloneable” identity cards in order to prevent any impersonation.
Neeraj Kumar said that, learning lessons from the terror attack on cricketers from Sri Lankan in Lahore, Pakistan, earlier in 2009, the Delhi police would be providing an exclusive lane, shielded by securitymen, for vehicles that carry the participants of the Games. All possible journey routes have already been identified, and alternative routes also have been planned as a measure of precaution.
All residential complexes, hotels and parking lots in the entire area will be “sanitised” and closed one week before the Games kicks off.
Hotel-related precautions include checking of the antecedents of all the hotel staff and checking of the food for the participants.
All the participants will be escorted by armed commandos; vehicles carrying the athletes and officials will be subjected to anti-sabotage checks each morning; antecedents of all the drivers will be verified; and fuelling and parking will be only at designated places.
The Union Cabinet has approved a proposal by the Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) for an Integrated Security System (ISS) for the Commonwealth Games.
The ISS, costing Rs 370 crore, is to cover all venues used for competitions and training as well as the Games Village. The security system will be in place by March 31, 2010.
Seven days before the Games starts, a crack team of commandos, the Special Operations Group (SOG), will take over the security of Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport in Delhi, where a large number of athletes, officials, dignitaries and spectators are to land.
The SOG, which will be the first to react to any emergency at the airport, will stay in place 5 more days after the event is over.
Meanwhile, Stephen Smith, Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, who is on a visit to India, said in New Delhi that Australia had offered to share with India its experience in organising security for the Commonwealth Games.
Melbourne, in Australia, had hosted the Commonwealth Games in 2006.
Smith said that the government of Australia is satisfied with the security arrangements for the Delhi Games.
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