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Armed commando security soon at Pragati Maidan

Pragati Maidan, the sprawling mega-exhibitions facility which hosts trade fairs in the heart of national capital, will soon get an
armed commando security cover in view of possible terror threats to the events held there.

The ministry of home affairs has ‘in-principle’ approved a proposal moved in this regard by the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) and the Central Industrial Security Force will be tasked to secure the activities round-the-clock at the 124-acre campus which offers about 61,290 sq meters of covered exhibition space in 16 halls, besides 10,000 sq meters of open display area.

‘Security for the Pragati Maidan exhibitions area is a very strong need keeping in mind the porosity and vulnerability of the facility.We are in talks with the Home Ministry and the decision for the deployment of security forces is in the final stage,’ ITPO chief and CMD Rita Menon.

‘Security is of paramount importance for us and we require a disciplined mechanism to secure the premises from threat of any kind,’ Menon, who had mooted and taken up the proposal with MHA authorities since she took over the reins of the autonomous body
last year, said.

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