Security Agencies To Take Over Games Venue, Village On Sept 1

New Delhi:  Security agencies will take over all venues and the village of the Commonwealth Games on September one to put in place a four-tier security apparatus. From next month, the agencies involved in the
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PTI 18 Aug 2010, 09:26 PM IST

New Delhi:  Security agencies will take over all venues and the village of the Commonwealth Games on September one to put in place a four-tier security apparatus.

From next month, the agencies involved in the security will start their work for putting in place metal barriers, tyre busters, CCTV, metal detector and start anti-sabotage drill.

"The security will be similar to the one put in place in Parliament," an official said.

 "Each and every inch of the venues and the village will have to be sanitised. One month is hardly any time for the security agencies. So, we will have to take possession of them," an official said.

 Mock security drill will be held by security agencies besides issuing electronic bar code to authorised cars and bus which will be allowed in.

 "We have to check even the toilets being put in place outside the venues for spectators or security personnel", said the official.

 The taking over of the Games venues and the village assumes urgency as the first batch of athletes and officials arrives here on September 15.

 Over 10,000 athletes from 71 countries and 500,000 spectators are expected at the Games to be held from October 3-14.

 According to the security plan, athletes, officials and guests can visit the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium only by bus and no VIPs, except the heads of state, will be allowed to take their cars in. Parking arrangement has been made for 150 buses at Jawaharlal Nehru stadium.

Each of the 13 competition venues for the Commonwealth Games will have a tight security ring and special arrangements will be made to transport the athletes to and from the Games village escorted by helicopters carrying commando snipers keeping an eye on the convoys.

 This is to prevent a repeat of the attack on Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore in March 2009.

To ensure fleet security, each of the 574 vehicles to be used for ferrying athletes across the city will have to undergo mandatory anti-sabotage clearance every morning before athletes board them.

Union Home Secretary Gopal K Pillai is reviewing the security twice in a week and giving necessary directions regularly. PTI
 
 
 

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