If you live anywhere near the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium and are expecting guests during the Commonwealth Games, head straight to the nearest police station.
As a security precaution, Delhi Police are verifying all residents, including children, who live near the stadium -- the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games.
About 3,250 houses in residential colonies, like Lodhi Road Residential Complex and Pragati Vihar, are located in the immediate vicinity of the stadium.
The security measures initiated include informing the police about any new entrant/guest in the house.
“We have taken the details of all persons living in the area and have asked them to fill-in a verification form. In case someone is expecting a guest, they should inform the police about it,” said a senior police officer. “We have already submitted verification forms, with all details about our family members. We were also required to give out identity proofs,” said Anju Adhana, a schoolteacher who resides in government quarters near the stadium.
For the 14 days during which the Games will be underway, residents may face a tough time commuting, as no vehicles will be allowed in atleast one kilometre area around the stadium.
“We are aware that we will have to face a lot of problems during the Games. But we cannot help it. Because if there is a security lapse, then all of us would be held responsible,” said Nirmala Barik, resident of a residential complex located opposite the stadium.
“A policeman gave us a verification form to fill up the details of my family. We have been asked to inform the police about any guests visiting us,” said R.S. Yadav, another resident.
Leaving nothing to chance, commandos, specialised police control room (PCR) vans and sniffer dogs have been deployed every 15 metres, around the stadium.
“We are sanitising the area almost every three hours and this will go on till the Games are over. All manholes and drains are also being checked at regular intervals,” said the officer.
However, in a sad commentary on the completion of Games projects, the Delhi Police has not been able to take over the stadium completely, since construction work is still on there.