- Published: Saturday, 07 October 2017 16:35
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Almost all arterial roads were choked during peak hours after traffic cops stopped vehicle movements along Lodhi Road and Bhishmah Pitamah Margfor at least half an hour for the movement of VVIP convoys ahead of the inauguration ceremony that was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Vehicles were diverted through Ring Road and Aurobindo Marg, choking both arterial roads.
Major snarls were reported from Mathura Road, Aurobindo Marg, Ring Road, Josip Broz Tito Marg and Purana Qila Road. Commuters complained about traffic cops even shutting down signal lights on the roads leading to the stadium, creating confusion. The police, however, said the lights were put on manual mode for sometime and traffic personnel were deployed to clear backlogs on these roads.
Delhi Police was told to heighten the security at all places associated with the U-17 World Cup due to fears of Rohingya backlash and attacks by international terror organisations to harm foreign teams, said sources. Hotel Lalit, Jawaharlal Nehru and rugby stadiums, and a school in Civil Lines where the players are practising were brought under enhanced cover.
The Special Cell of Delhi Police on Thursday met other security units to chalk out various security and contingency plans to ensure ground-to-air vigil. It was decided that the buses ferrying players would always move with pilot and escort vehicles. American security agencies are working in tandem with their Indian counterparts to ensure fool-proof security. The Special Cell has also deployed spotters and snipers at strategic locations, said a source.
The police are not taking any risk as Delhi has already been on high alert in the wake of terrorist attacks across the world. After the shooting in Las Vegas, the US team players have been advised to be more careful.
Besides Delhi Police personnel, paramilitary troops, intelligence officials and traffic cops have been deployed. Anti-terror Parakram commandos are also at work.
The routes from the players' hotels to the stadiums have been secured with around 5,000 policemen. The security apparatus will continue till the end of the month when the players leave.
The police have advised spectators and commuters, including those employed in the office complexes of SCOPE Complex, CGO Complex and the adjoining areas, to use public transport on match days. Anybody entering the zone without a ticket won't be allowed to enter the protected area around JLN Stadium.
(Source: the Times Of India)