Learning from last year's experience, infrastructure and industrial development commissioner (IIDC) Anil Kumar Gupta has directed the authorities concerned to ensure smooth organisation of the Formula 1 Indian Grand Prix 2012.
Chaos and mismanagement came to the fore when the rock band Metallica's concert, which was supposed to launch the inaugural Indian Grand Prix last year, had to be cancelled because of technical glitches.
The IIDC, which was presiding over a high level meeting on Thursday to take stock of the preparations, said there should be no hassles to general public and spectators. The event would be held on Buddh International Circuit (BIC) in Greater Noida from October 26 to October 28.
A presentation on traffic, transport and security for the ensuing international motor race was made by the Sports Organising Committee to the IIDC in the presence of chief executive officer (CEO), Greater Noida, Rama Raman, secretary, Infrastructure & Industrial Development, Sanjay Prasad, special secretary, Infrastructure Development Kaushal Raj Sharma, inspector general (IG) Law & Order, district magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar MKS Sundaram, SSP Noida, DIG-Meerut and other senior officials.
Directing the government officials and event organising committee to remove all bottlenecks for the smooth flow of traffic and transport to and fro from BIC, the IIDC said, "Since the F1 race is a major international sporting event and attracts enthusiasts from India and abroad to Uttar Pradesh, all efforts should be made to ensure its success, including providing medical facilities, removing traffic bottlenecks and adequate security arrangements."
He said educating the public about routes and facilities available, tickets, parking area and the do's & dont's was very important to avoid confusion and the sports organising committee should give advertisements in newspapers and publicise relevant information through banner and posters.
The IIDC further said that a similar meeting will be held in the first week of October in Noida itself to review the progress of the work. CEO, Greater Noida Authority, Rama Raman informed that this year the authority would provide extra land for Park & Ride facility for 10,000 vehicles from the present 4,000 near Knowledge Park.
Park & ride facility provides transport buses from the parking place to the race circuit. Buddh International Circuit is 5.125 km long and the race involves 60 laps of this circuit. Sebastian Vettel was the race winner in 2011.