The Delhi Police has covered up some of the heritage stadiums to provide security to the VIPs visiting them.
Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, the venue for hockey tournaments, has been covered with red and navy blue cloth by the police. The stadium built in 1933 was renovated at a cost of more than R262 crore for the Commonwealth Games.
The reason: the main entrance of the stadium is being used as a VIP entrance. The police fear that since the entrance is visible from the road, VIP cavalcades can be easily targeted in a terror attack.
"The red and navy blue cloth is being used as a view cutter. The barriers have been placed on two lanes in front of the stadium to segregate it from the normal flow of traffic," said VA Gupta, additional deputy commissioner of police (New Delhi).
Central Public Works Department (CPWD), the civic agency that renovated the stadium, had installed specially imported foldable floodlight towers that would provide 2,200 lux illumination during various competitions.
The RK Khanna stadium renovated at a cost of R65 crore on Africa Avenue Marg in south Delhi has also been hidden behind view cutters. The Delhi Police have put up 15-ft-high iron boards outside the stadium .
“The VIPs and the buses plying the players enter through the main gate so it is essential to secure them. The aim is to ensure that anyone entering the stadium cannot be targeted by someone in the residential buildings across the road,” said a senior police officer.