Security during the Commonwealth Games is as big a concern as the completion of venues on time. But the Commissioner of Police, Yudhvir Singh Dadwal, 58, is confident of delivering a safe event this October. Excerpts from an interview:
You should have taken charge of the Games venues by now but they are still under construction. Is there a lack of coordination between you, the Organising Committee and other agencies?
I know (Suresh) Kalmadi and the Organising Committee CEO Jarnail Singh. As far as the stadia are concerned, we the "lock-in" process will start by mid-August. Security drills and anti-sabotage checks are already on.
You plan to block a carriageway each on the arterial roads that will be used only by vehicles of CWG delegates and players. Won't it affect traffic?
Only a few roads will be affected by the "laning system" and it is a part of the Games protocol. We have requested the markets to stay shut on these days and have postponed the "business component" of the Ramlilas, the melas. We are hosting a show of international proportion so some adjustments have to be made by the people.
You planned to hire 300 escort vehicles for security. But no bidders have responded.
The suppliers are charging higher rates for the Games. We have the money but have to spend it with care.
You recently appointed policemen who haven't completed their training on CWG duty, isn't this a compromise?
The Federal Bureau of Investigation only gives 16 weeks' training to cadets. We have completed three-and-a-half months of training. The new constabulary force will be put on duty with seniors.
Have you purchased all the security equipment?
We are procuring three armoured vehicles. We have outsourced cargo and baggage scanners. We have bought doorframe and hand-held metal detectors and have plenty of dogs.
Dug up roads cause massive traffic jams. How are the traffic policemen coping?
When construction is on, you can't expect the city to look spic-and-span. An odd stone gets pushed on the road and causes a jam. I don't think it's a big issue.
Street crime is rising. What are you doing about it?
There is a spurt in crime because we have started registering cases. You have to understand the criminogenic reasons. The city has a population of 17 million, only 23 per cent of it is planned. There are slums and unauthorised colonies. More than 90 per cent criminals arrested are first timers.
In areas like Dwarka, snatching is the biggest crime and most cases don't get registered.
Dwarka was a problem but not anymore. Snatching was happening due to border areas but now we have created another police station and the complaints have reduced.