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Security lax, agencies told to improve it

delhi Updated: Mar 03, 2009 23:56 IST
Moushumi Das Gupta
Moushumi Das Gupta
Hindustan Times
Security lax

It is not just the delay in various Commonwealth Games-related infrastructure projects that is raising the hackles of both city authorities and the Games federation.

In the backdrop of the Mumbai terrorist attack, a spate of bomb blasts in the Capital in the recent past and Intelligence Bureau (IB) inputs last August that terrorists may strike during the Games, security concerns about the fortnight-long games starting from October 3 next year are giving sleepless nights to the authorities.

With the Union Home Ministry giving specific directions to beef up security for the Commonwealth Games, Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna has directed different city-based agencies, including Delhi Police, DDA, New Delhi Municipal Council and the state government to prepare a security blueprint, which will be put in place during the Games.

Khanna had called a meeting with all the concerned agencies last week to discuss ways to tackle various security related issues. As part of this, it has been decided that close circuit televisions (CCTV) would be placed at each and every Games venue, as also at all the important city landmarks. Control rooms would be set up at the various venues as well as at the Delhi Police Headquarters to man the cameras 24x7.

Besides, there will be a provision for ticket bar-code readers and photo capturing facilities at access points of each and every venue.

Delhi Police have also been asked to procure cargo X-ray scanners to check construction material entering various Games venues where work is going on at present.

Delhi Police have also been directed to set up a separate control room at the Indira Gandhi International Airport along with sufficient barracks and secured parking facility for pilot/escorts and other vehicles. It will also have a separate armoury.

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 with explosives the construction material being used to create infrastructure for the event, such as the Games Village coming up in east Delhi and the several stadiums.

The IB had also pulled up DDA for not adequately securing the various construction sites where Games-related infrastructure is coming up.