Security in place as the big day arrives
If you don't have a pass, ticket or accreditation to attend the opening ceremony of the Games, it would be better to spend your Sunday at home. HT reports.delhi Updated: Oct 02, 2010 23:51 IST
If you don't have a pass, ticket or accreditation to attend the opening ceremony of the Games, it would be better to spend your Sunday at home.
The police have left nothing to chance and with personnel at every corner, the Capital has transformed into a fortress.
Very few Delhi roads will be left for over 17 million Delhiites to commute as most of the important roads will be reserved for athletes, officials, dignitaries and Organising Committee members on Sunday. Traffic restrictions will start from 6 a.m.
Delhi Police Chief Y.S. Dadwal on Saturday said guidelines have been issued on security and the restrictions mentioned in the plan will be strictly followed.
"It is applied to each and every visitor and would remain applicable to everyone. No relaxation or no exception would be made," he said.
Besides thousands of police and paramilitary personnel,
the police have deployed SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactic) teams in three Light Armoured Troops Carrier along with National Security Guard commandos.
Restrictions will be imposed on Games dedicated lanes, as athletes will go for trials at respective training venues including Siri Fort Stadium, RK Khanna Stadium, Thyagraj Stadium and Delhi University.
"Athletes insisted on going for training in the morning which forced us to enforce restrictions on dedicated lanes since 6 a.m. We hope by noon they will be back in their respective hotels. Besides, a total of 217 athletes are scheduled to arrive in Delhi on Sunday between 12:35 p.m. and 11:10 p.m," said Ajay Chadha, Special CP (Traffic).
While all malls and movie theatres will stay closed in Delhi, the NCR is expecting to have a fun time as they expect East and South Delhiites to flock the area.
The Great India Place Mall's spokesperson Piyush said, "On Sunday, we expect an increase of over 25 per cent shoppers as East Delhi and South Delhi residents are expected to come to Noida for shopping due to closure in Delhi.
"The Worlds of Wonder entertainment city too expects more visitors. Being Sunday and schools closed due to the Games, children not only from Delhi but also from Noida and Greater Noida are expected to visit the place," he added.
B.R. Wasan, the president of MGF Malls Occupants Associations, said, "We are expecting a high turnout of people, especially from South and Central Delhi on Sunday. Thousands of people would turn to malls and other entertainment avenues located in Gurgaon as these are closed in Delhi because of the Games."
First Published: Oct 02, 2010 23:49 IST