A tight security cover has been put in place for the auto expo which will kick off on Wednesday.
Around 1,000 personnel from the state police will take over the venue, India Expo Mart, from Wednesday.
The auto extravaganza will be held from February 3 to 9. On February 3 and 4, the event will be open only to media and business delegates. It will be opened to the general public from February 5.
A three-layer security cordon has been planned for the event. The outermost security layer comprise traffic police personnel. The second layer will be managed by the officers of the state police. The innermost layer will be controlled by the Central Industrial Security Force.
The police said entry of cars inside the premises has been restricted. Only vans and trucks carrying essential service items are being allowed to enter the venue. Even these vehicles are allowed entry after they are checked by an automatic vehicle inspection system installed at gate number 9 and 10.
The venue is under the surveillance of 160 CCTV cameras and the footage is being monitored at a control room. A platoon of anti-terrorist squad (ATS) commandos will also be deployed at the venue.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kiran S said all police personnel have been briefed about the security arrangements at the auto expo. “Our main concern is to decongest the roads around the venue and the Pari Chowk area. Around 50 traffic constables and 10 tow cranes have been deployed around the venue to keep the flow of traffic smooth during the show. We have installed five police pickets inside the premises to help visitors,” the SSP said.
“To guide visitors, we have installed signage near the venue. A plan to make the traffic one-way or enforce diversions has been formulated in case there is a need for one,” the SSP said.
He said women police constables have also been deployed at the venue. Also, policemen in civil clothes will be deployed to check incidents of harassment and pick pocketing.
The Society of Indian Automobile Manufactures (SIAM), organisers of the auto extravaganza, expect around seven lakh visitors over five days.