Exasperated at not being able to take over Commonwealth Games venues due to ongoing work, Union Home Ministry today asked Delhi Police not to wait for the Organising Committee to hand it over to them and start deploying forces at the earliest.
The direction to Delhi Police, the nodal agency for Games security, came from Union Home Secretary G K Pillai at a review meeting held here this evening to take stock of the preparations of security agencies for the event, sources said.
"Don't wait for the OC to hand over the venues to you. The work is still on but don't compromise on security. Start deploying forces and tighten security at the venues. Have a standby arrangement," a senior police official who attended the meeting summed up Pillai's direction to Delhi Police.
Pillai is also understood to have asked Delhi Police to prepare a "standby" security plan as the work was undergoing in Games Village as well as Jawaharlal Nehru stadium.
Police are yet to ensure a complete lockdown of the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, missing five deadlines set by the Home Ministry due to ongoing construction works.
In the meeting, sources said, Pillai was also apprised about the difficulties faced by personnel in using the TETRA network for communication.
When asked by Pillai for a feedback on TETRA (Terrestrial Trunked Radio), sources said, the senior officials informed him that connectivity was a "problem" and effective communication was affected due to this.
Sources indicated that Delhi Police may go back to its TM (Top Management) Network for communication. "Most probably, we may go back to TM Network," a senior police official said.
After the meeting with Delhi Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal, NSG Director General R K Medhekar, senior police officials, Games venue commanders and district police heads, Pillai said he was satisfied with the security arrangements for the Games.
"We had a complete review of security arrangements, looking at various issues and anticipating what type of threats could arise. We are trying to make sure that we are fully prepared to meet any eventuality," Pillai told reporters after the 90-minute meeting.
He said the review meet was held to ask the officials to be alert as it is a major task for Delhi Police to ensure security "not just for athletes and Games venues but for the entire city itself".
"The aim of the review was to ensure that the whole of Delhi is safe and not just the Games venues which of course has received special attention," the top official said.