Security has been beefed up across the city in view of the ongoing 12{+t}{+h}meeting of Indian Ocean Rim-Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC) in which delegates from 19 member countries are participating. The security arrangements are being provided jointly by the Gurgaon Police and the Delhi Police.

Giving details of the security arrangements for the meeting being held at Hotel Oberoi, Joint Commissioner of Police (Gurgaon) Anil Kumar Rao said: “More than 400 police personnel, including traffic policemen, have been deployed across the city to ensure fool-proof security and smooth traffic flow for the visiting delegates. The meeting venue has been provided with the multi-tier security and Quick Reaction Teams and bullet proof vehicles have been stationed outside to handle any emergency. Anti-sabotage checks are carried out at the conference room before the meeting begins and the area outside is under complete closed-circuit television cover. The security arrangements are being provided jointly with the Delhi Police as the delegates happen to visit the Capital as well.”

The presence of the police in the city is palpable with barricades put up at several points and police personnel being deployed. “I do not remember such a deployment of police in the city ever before. The police have been deployed and barricades put up at almost all the entry and exit points to the expressway,” said Rajpal Katyal, a Sector 15-II resident.

Besides, the Haryana State Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation and the Haryana Urban Development Authority have carried out beautification and repair works on the stretch from the KM 24 toll plaza to the venue. “The pavements and the central verges on the roads leading to the venue have been painted green and white and additional safai karamcharis have been pressed into service to clean the roads,” said a senior official.

The National Highway Authority of India has installed street lights on the stretch from the KM 24 toll plaza to the flyover and two central lanes at the plaza have been reserved for the delegates for hassle free journey to the venue. Banners with IOR-ARC have been put on these lanes for easy identification.