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SHOW MUST GO ON: A view of the Lumbini Park.
SHOW MUST GO ON: A view of the Lumbini Park.

Authorities are installing door frame metal detectors at the park

HYDERABAD: Lumbini Park, where seven people died in a blast on Saturday, will be reopened for public on Thursday.

Stepping up security measures in view of the bomb blasts, authorities are installing door frame metal detectors at the park. “The metal detectors will be in place by Thursday,” the Buddha Purnima Project Authority authorities said.

Authorities had closed down Lumbini Park and the nearby NTR Gardens too to facilitate investigation and beef up security. However, the Sanjeevaiah Park had been thrown open from Tuesday.

Lasarium

The lasarium, however, will not function for some more time as the authorities sought report of experts from JNTU and another private agency about the structural safety of open gallery of lasarium, the venue of the first blast.

Though there was no apparent damage to the lasarium except destruction of 14 chairs, the officials were waiting for the experts’ report before reopening the laser show in a week to 10 days.

“However in accordance with the instructions from the police, no one will be allowed entry into the Lumbini Park and NTR Gardens without thorough frisking by metal detectors and visitors would have to deposit their bags, baggage and even cell phones before entering the park. Cloak rooms and lockers would be provided for the purpose,” N. Chandramohan Reddy, Buddha Purnima Project Authority OSD, said.

Public would have to cooperate and get used to the security checks to prevent public spaces from becoming vulnerable targets for attacks to the extent possible, officials said.

CCTVs

Meanwhile, vigilance on Necklace Road was stepped up as it was not possible to install metal detectors everywhere. But Close-Circuit Televisions (CCTVs) would be installed in the area as also inside the parks in a month and tenders were being called for the same, they added.

Of the 200 private security personnel employed by the Buddha Purnima Project Authority, Security Officers and Assistant Security Officers would be trained by City Security Wing Officers for their better preparedness in guarding Necklace Road area, Buddha Purnima Project Authority officials said.


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