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Police charge Rs 2.65 crore for World Cup security

The Mumbai police has charged the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) Rs2.65 crore for security expenses incurred during the three ICC world cup matches at Wankhede stadium.

mumbai Updated: Apr 28, 2011 01:41 IST
Debasish Panigrahi

The Mumbai police has charged the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) Rs2.65 crore for security expenses incurred during the three ICC world cup matches at Wankhede stadium.

This includes the final between India and Sri Lanka, the security for which accounts for over 70% of the total cost.

A letter, enumerating the bill, was prepared by the police on Wednesday, following a fortnight long estimation.

“It will be dispatched to the MCA on Thursday,” Rajkumar Vhatkar, deputy commissioner of police (DCP), operations, said on Wednesday.

Vhatkar said that the bill is exclusively for the bandobast (security) in and around the Wankhede stadium, at the hotel where the players and their contingent were staying and the passage routes of the player's convoys to the stadium.

“It does not include the cost incurred by the traffic police and the central forces such as Central Industrial Security Force — during the matches. VIP security arrangements are also excluded,” Vhatkar said.

The Mumbai police security included constables and special forces such as the Quick Response Team, Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad and the Force One, deployed during the matches.

Wankhede played host to three World Cup matches. For two of the league matches, held on March 15 and March 18, around 600 constables were deployed in and around the stadium. For the final match, the tally was at 3,500.

Also, 30 DCPs were assigned for security and 200 officers (including two inspector generals and three superintendents of police) from outside Mumbai had been on duty. Moreover, a two-day security drill for the final match was conducted.

The cost of food for security personnel, however, is not a part of the bill given to the MCA, as it was arranged by a gurudwara at Churchgate.

The previous record cost for security was Rs98 lakh, which had been charged from the IPL organisers for the matches played at Brabourne stadium last year.