The city has turned into a fortress with strict security measures in place across the city to ensure an incident-free World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka to be played at Wankhede stadium on Saturday.
“Our arrangements are of an extraordinary scale. I am seeing it for the first time in my entire career,” said Arup Patnaik, commissioner of police, at a press conference on Thursday. He was accompanied by joint commissioners of police Rajnish Seth (law and order), SP Yadav (administration) and Vivek Phansalkar (traffic).
Security at the stadium, Patnaik said, has been divided into three tiers. In the first tier, only those with a valid ticket will be allowed to enter the barricades leading to the stadium. Then they will have to produce a valid identity card before they will be allowed to move ahead.
On the third-level, all spectators will be thoroughly frisked before they are allowed to enter the stadium. Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel will carry out this entire access control measure.
Once inside, spectators will not be allowed to leave.
All security personnel, support staff and hospitality staff at the stadium have been issued biometric identity cards with bar codes and they too will have to undergo all security checks before entering the stadium.
More than 3,500 policemen will be deployed at and around the stadium. They will be assisted by personnel from the Rapid Action Force, CISF, Central Reserve Police Force, State Reserve Police Force, National Security Guards, Quick Response Team and Force One.
The entire city will witness heavy deployment on Saturday. “We are overdoing it. But its better to err on the side of caution,” Patnaik said.