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cricket Updated: Dec 03, 2008 01:38 IST
Anand Vasu
Anand Vasu
Hindustan Times
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The BCCI has already said it would beef up security at various venues, in conjunction with the police and other security agencies, but some others are moving even more quickly.

Lalit Modi, commissioner of the IPL, has already dashed off a missive to all staging associations, and some other stakeholders, telling them what added measures needed to be put in place, at the earliest.

The two major initiatives are the installation of Closed Circuit Television cameras (CCTV) in such a manner that every part of the stadium is monitored, and turnstiles at entry and exit points to ensure that every spectator is accounted for.

What’s more, in the wake of the Mumbai terror attack, the IPL has decided not to leave anything to chance, and these facilities will be installed by a central agency under the aegis of the IPL, with the state associations merely having to provide co-operation. Modi has conveyed to the associations that the CCTV and a room to monitor the feed from various cameras, must be installed on a permanent basis, and explained that this would help each association even when it came to staging international matches.

The IPL governing council has also conducted a survey of the grounds that hosted matches in the inaugural year and identified areas where each of the stadia needed further development. The International Management Group, which has been the driving force behind the logistics of the IPL, appointed HOK — a company which develops “planning, design and delivery solutions for the built environment” — to look at various venues and implement the necessary changes.

For venues that need an upgradation of facilities, the IPL board has already written to the BCCI’s infrastructure committee and HT has learned that Shashank Manohar, the board president, has instructed Inderjit Singh Bindra to call a meeting of the relevant associations to ensure that the upgradation happens at the earliest.

Equally, a disaster management team is set to visit each of the staging associations in due course to ensure that a concrete plan is in place in each individual case should a centre suffer a terror strike or incident. This disaster management team will also be working with hotels and transportation agencies that work with the IPL and the Champions League Twenty20, to put measures in place.

In short, Modi has moved swiftly to ensure that he and his team ensure that they have as many variables under control as is humanly possible.