Elaborate security for Commonwealth games

Commandos from the elite National Security Guard (NSG), 300 ambulances and over 500 beds will be kept ready to meet any eventuality or any other emergency situation during the Commonwealth Games which will be hosted in the Capital next year.

It was decided on the first day of the conference of security liaison officers of Commonwealth countries and representatives of Commonwealth Games Associations (CGAs). Minister of state for Home Ajay Maken, Union Home Secretary G. K. Pillai and Chairman of the Organising Committee of Commonwealth Games Suresh Kalmadi told 76 delegates from 26 participating countries that the government was committed to making the game a big success.

“As part of the overall plan, security is of paramount importance and the Home Ministry is fully geared up to make these games free from any security-related incidents, Mr. Maken said.

In the presentation, the Indian side informed security experts from Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and others participating nations, that there was no specific terror threat to the games. 8,000 athletes of 72 countries will participate in the games and over 1,00,000 spectators are likely to descend on the Capital to watch the games.

The meeting discussed issues like crowd control, routes of the athletes from games village to venues, VIP visit arrangements, security at the entry and exit points and preparedness during emergency situations, besides medical facilities at each venue.

Officials said all efforts would be made to prevent Lahore-type attack where Sri Lankan cricket team was targeted and ensure prevention of incidents like 26/11 attack on Mumbai.

The Indian side informed the delegates that besides keeping Delhi safe in the run-up for the games, the entire country will also be kept secure from any act of terror or major law and order problem.

Directors General of Police of different States have also been sensitised to ensure a safe and secure environment.

The delegates will be taken on a conducted tour to some of the games venues on Thursday.

The Home Ministry officials asked security experts to give their inputs, if any, so that they could be incorporated, if necessary, in the final security plan which is likely to be three-tier.

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