Security for CWG behind schedule

The delay in infrastructure construction has upset the dates of  security drills, testing of gadgets and identifying the possible gaps during the main ceremony at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on October 3 and other venues during the 12-day the event. 

“During the Asian Games in 1982, security was deployed in all the stadiums and venues six-months before they were opened. I know for sure that security was in place even during the construction period. And thereby, security personnel knew the places like back of their hands and loopholes were known and plugged in time,” Kuwar Vikram Singh, chairman of  Central Association of Private Security Industry (CAPSI) told Deccan Herald.
A former intelligence official,  Singh was closely associated with the security of Asiad 1982. “It is already late, security deployment should be immediate if we were to prevent an unfortunate mishap,” Singh said. 

The installation of security equipment at the Nehru stadium, the largest  sporting venue, is blocked due to the incomplete construction of a wall there. The installation of CCTV, sensors, intrusion detection system, metal detectors and their understanding and operation by specialists in coordination with security forces has been much behind the schedule.

“This may have adverse impact on the security drill,” according to sources in the Delhi Police, which will have the primary responsibility of securing the entire sporting complex in tandem with estimated 1,500 para-military personnel.   
Delhi police officials say they needed at least three months to carry out the standard procedural security checks and tests and to carry out corrective measures, if so needed. “We are now left with barely one month, and of that we are not sure...,” said one senior police officer.

 The Delhi police personnel, who are undergoing training for the last one year, have to test their “new skills” in managing security of  an event which may face threats on more than one accounts.

According to sources, Australian security agencies are to  arrive in Delhi to give final clearance in security matters.
The Scotland Yard  is understood to be providing security to the UK contingent. The same may be the case with several other countries.
DH News Service

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