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Tight security for April 15 ODI

SPECIAL SECURITY and administrative arrangements have been made for the India-England one-day international (ODI) match, which has been declared a high security event.

india Updated: Apr 04, 2006 00:48 IST

SPECIAL SECURITY and administrative arrangements have been made for the India-England one-day international (ODI) match, which has been declared a high security event.

The match will be played at Usha Raje Stadium that can accommodate 23,000 persons, though the crowd expected to throng the ground is more than double its capacity. The Stadium is located in densely populated area with inadequate exit points. The entry gates and the approach roads are narrow, which leaves little room for administration and police to maneuver or regulate the crowd and traffic.

Keeping in view all the constraints, District Collector Vivek Aggarwal has delegated responsibilities to officials to avoid law and order problems on April 15, the day of the match.

Aggarwal issued the directives after inspecting the arrangements at the Stadium along with Superintendent of Police Adarsh Katiyar and Indore Municipal Corporation, Indore Development Authority, Western Region Electricity Distribution Company officials recently. MP Cricket Association (MPCA) office-bearers

Sanjay Jagdale, Vasu Gangwani, Dr M K Bhargava and Subhash Bais were also present on the occasion. Besides deploying magistrates and CSP-level officials at the eight gates outside the stadium, a control room will be set up under charge of Additional Collector Ramesh Bhandari and ASP Rajesh Jaiswal. Spectators will be debarred from carrying mobile phones, edibles and cameras inside the stadium. Government and MPCA employees will be issued photo identity cards.

The boundary wall of Swami Vivekanand Higher Secondary School adjoining the ground will be demolished to make an entry gate. IMC and traffic DSP will undertake this work, though MPCA will build back the wall after the match.

As per the instructions, Additional Collector Rameshwar Gupta and ASP Rajesh Hingankar will supervise all the arrangements related to the ODI. Indore Development Authority Chief Executive Officer

C B Singh has been made in-charge of tickets, passes and seating arrangements. Additional Municipal Commissioner Kumar Purushottam and DSP Devendra Patidar will look after parking arrangements in areas surrounding the Stadium. Apart from ambulance, fire brigade, a team of doctors led by Chief Medical Officer Dr K K Vijayvargiya will be stationed at the ground. IMC will arrange for cleanliness and water tankers.

Both teams will be lodged at Fortune Landmark Hotel that will be put under tight security cover to keep autograph hunters at bay. Bookings on two floors of the hotel will be forestalled. Police force led by officials will accompany the players for net practice. The Administration will hold review meetings on April 5 and 10.