CP gets a steel veil for Games
More than 200 closed circuit television cameras (CCTV) and “security fences” would guard Connaught Place and India Gate that would host three road events during the Commonwealth Games.delhi Updated: Sep 28, 2010 00:00 IST
More than 200 closed circuit television cameras (CCTV) and “security fences” would guard Connaught Place and India Gate that would host three road events during the Commonwealth Games.
The three events --- marathon, cycling and long walk to be held on October 9, 10 and 14 respectively --- are also going to affect the traffic movement.
“The security fences have been put up so that spectators do not cross over the field of play. It will safeguard the cyclists and other participants,” said Satyendra Garg, Joint Commissioner of Police (traffic).
Vehicles will not be allowed anywhere near the Connaught Place market and there would be no parking arrangements either.
“We have chalked out the plan for the three road events. The event will start from Parliament Street and cover inner and outer circle of Connaught Place. No vehicles will be allowed from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. till these events are on,” said Garg.
Police said the cameras will have a recording facility and the contractor overseeing the work has been asked to provide a CD of all the recordings on an hourly basis to the police for future reference.
“The cameras have the feature to zoom in on any suspicious object or human being. The dome cameras will also have the facility to record even during night and in low light,” said a senior police officer.
Police said they planned the route after the Organising Committee (OC) apprised them about the event schedule last month.
On August 29, when the test events for cycling was organised on some roads in Connaught Place, it had completely thrown the traffic out of gear. Several commuters especially those coming from the New Delhi railway station were the worst affected.
Police said they were hopeful that not many jams would be reported during these events as two of the three days are public holidays.