Security out in full force at Games Village, sites
Security personnel were out in force on Sunday near the Commonwealth Games Village and other venues, as the authorities claimed to have put in place a four-tier security net around the areas to be frequented by the athletes.delhi Updated: Sep 26, 2010 23:07 IST
Security personnel were out in force on Sunday near the Commonwealth Games Village and other venues, as the authorities claimed to have put in place a four-tier security net around the areas to be frequented by the athletes.
Thousands of police personnel, along with the paramilitary, were seen outside the venues and on the routes along which the athletes are expected to travel.
“Every person and vehicle is being thoroughly checked before being allowed entry into the Games Village. No one is allowed in without an accreditation card or a valid pass,” said a senior police officer.
Only those with authorised passes are being allowed into restricted areas. Barricades have been installed both at the entry of the Games Village and also on roads leading to the Village.
Boom barriers and cement blocks have also been placed at the entry of the Games venues, the official said. Unmanned aerial vehicles were in place to keep an eye from the sky on the venues and to guard against any airborne attack, he said.
Vehicle scanners have also been installed along with underground metal stoppers that spring up to stop a speeding vehicle with just the push of a button, he said.
Along the Games-related routes, quick reaction team vehicles have been parked. Each vehicle carries Indo-Tibetan Border Police and Delhi Police commandoes, the official said.
With just seven days to go for the sporting event to begin, senior police officers were seen at the entry of the Barapullah flyover which would link the Games village with the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, where the opening and closing ceremonies and the athletics and wrestling events are scheduled to take place.
Forty per cent of Delhi Police personnel, currently posted in various police stations, have been deployed across the city for Games security.
The police stations will work with one inspector, instead of the usual three, during the Oct 3-14 Games, an official said.
Additional forces have been deployed at markets, Metro stations, the airport and various tourist destinations, he said.
First Published: Sep 26, 2010 23:04 IST