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Delhi to get Rs 15 cr security cover for Games

delhi Updated: Jul 28, 2009 00:22 IST
Moushumi Das Gupta

A Rs 15 crore will be put in place to secure the Commonwealth Games to be held from October 3, 2010, in the Capital.

Ultra-sensitive vehicle scanners and number plate readers, over 400 high resolution close circuit television cameras, ticket bar-code readers and photo capturing facility at access points of each and every venue - all this and much more is part of the plan.

To address security concerns raised by the 77 participating nations, the government is not leaving any stone unturned to ensure a fool proof and secure Games.

The Electronics Corporation of India (ECIL), the government agency which had earlier prepared the security plan for Parliament after it was attacked by terrorist in 2001, has come up with the Rs 15 crore plan to secure the Games Village coming up along National Highway-24.

The Games Village will host 8,500 athletes and delegates who will be the Capital to participate in the Games.

The Games Village and the venues will turn into virtual fortresses to prevent any untoward incident.

It has been decided that over 400 high resolution CCTV cameras would be installed at all Games venues and important city landmarks. Control rooms would be set up at various venues and at Delhi Police Headquarters to man the cameras 24x7.

The ECIL submitted its report to Delhi government recently. “The security cover around the Games Village and venues would be air tight. We are taking steps to ensure that. It has been necessitated with many of the participating countries expressing apprehension following a spate of terror attack in the country and subcontinent,” said a Delhi government official who did not want to be quoted.

The IB had last August received inputs that terrorists may strike in a big way during the Commonwealth Games here in 2010. They may do so by rigging construction material with explosives being used to create infrastructure for the event, like the Games Village coming up in east Delhi and several stadiums.

The ECIL prepared the security plan after detailed consultation with Delhi Police and Delhi Development Authority.