Amid high alert in the city, Greater Noida police has planned a three-layer security cordon for the auto expo that is scheduled from February 5 to 9 at the India Expo Mart (IEM).
The outermost security layer will mainly comprise traffic police and other police personnel. The second layer of security will be under the control of state police officers who are posted on special duty. The last and innermost layer will be under the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), a senior police officer said.
The Greater Noida police said it held a meeting with the event organisers and the administration of the venue. They were informed that the India Expo Mart has a parking capacity of 13,000 vehicles. For convenience of visitors, buses are being arranged to ferry them from the parking area to the venue.
“After the meeting with the Society of Indian Automobile Manufactures (SIAM) and IEM members over security and crowd management at the venue, we have decided to increase CCTV surveillance and install more door frame metal detectors. The innermost security layer will be under the CISF as they have expertise in handling security at big events,” said Sanjay Singh, SP (rural).
Organisers have also arranged a free bus service from the Botanical Garden Metro station to the venue. The bus service will operate at a frequency of four buses per 10 minutes, the police said.
To provide extra security cover, X-ray baggage scanner, dog squad and women constables will also be deployed at the entry points of the venue, Singh said.
“A control station has been set up at the venue for police to monitor the footage from CCTV cameras. Four watch towers have been installed from where we will keep tabs on any suspicious activity. Commandos of state police will be deployed on roofs of highrise buildings in the vicinity for aerial security cover,” Singh said.
Vishnu Mathur, director general of SIAM, said, “Around 5.60 lakh visitors attended the last edition of the expo and we are expecting more visitors for the event this time. Till now, 65 exhibitors have confirmed their participation. All arrangements for visitors have been made. We are assisting security agencies in traffic and crowd management.”