The city has turned a fortress ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit on Tuesday.
The Prime Minister will launch Haryana’s golden jubilee celebrations at a colourful ceremony to be held at Tau Devi Lal Stadium on November 1, the day Haryana became a state 50 years ago.
Police sources said a five-layer security has been put in place for Tuesday’s event. More than 5,000 personnel from Gurgaon and other districts are already on duty for the mega event. Additionally, police chiefs from 20 districts of Haryana have also been called in to oversee the arrangements.
Over 50,000 people, including 3,000 VIPs and 800 VVIPs, are expected to take part in the event that will mark the beginning of the year-long golden jubilee celebrations. The guests list include Haryana governor Kaptan Singh Solanki, politicians mostly from BJP-ruled states, including chief ministers, Union and state ministers, and achievers in various fields from Haryana.
The first security layer will comprise 50 commandos from the Special Protection Group (SPG), which is part of the PM’s security. Besides them, a posse of commandos from the National Security Guard (NSG) will be deployed at Tau Devi Lal Stadium, located off the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway.
The third layer of security will monitor the seven parking lots around the venue.
“We have set up five monitoring rooms in the parking lots. Personnel from the Rapid Action Force (RAF) will be deployed there,” a senior police officer said.
Security at the venue, its entry and exit points and adjoining roads will comprise fourth layer of security. Personnel from Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams and Quick Response Team (QRT) commandos will also be pressed into service.
“Personnel deployed on rooftops of high-rise buildings around the venue will comprise the fifth layer of security,” the officer said.
Three helipads have been set up at the Leisure Valley ground, in case the Prime Minister uses a helicopter.
An elaborate traffic management plan has been prepared keeping in mind the flow of visitors, including VVIPs and VIPs, to the stadium. Ten routes have been specially earmarked for visitors to reach the venue.
“Extra police personnel have been deployed on routes earmarked for visitors,” said assistant sub inspector, Subhash Boken.
Six teams of the bomb disposal squad of the Crime Investigation Department (CID) are stationed at the stadium. The teams are being led by Arvind Hooda, additional director (technical), CID, in accordance with the directives of Inspector General (CID), Anil Rao.
The last time such heavy deployment was made in Gurgaon was in March during the ‘Happening Haryana’ Summit that was inaugurated by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.