As part of ensuring foolproof protection for next year’s Commonwealth Games, an Integrated Security System will be set up to cover all the venues, marking first such large scale exercise in the country.

The system will be set up by the state-owned Electronic Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) at a cost of about Rs 370 crore and would be in place by March 31, next year.

The proposal to set up the security system was approved today by the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, an official spokesman said.

“This is for the first time in India that a project for installation of an Integrated Security System on such a large scale is being implemented,” he said.

As per the ‘Host City Agreement’, all venues associated with the Commonwealth Games to be held in October next year are to be provided with specified facilities, including security.

The spokesman said the ECIL has been tasked to provide the Integrated Security System “in the interest of uniformity, compatibility and economies of scale and to ensure that a complete security solution is provided.”

“The indigenous capacity creation and capacity validation to provide state-of-the-art security cover for large scale events will not only set new benchmarks but would be vital for a secure conduct of the Commonwealth Games 2010,” he said.

The expenditure of Rs 370 crore would exclude statutory taxes, duties and fees.

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