3,000 additional cops to be deployed to ensure safety
Kolkata: Around 3,000 additional policemen will be deployed in and around Swami Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan at Bidhannagar to ensure safety and security during the FIFA Under-17 World Cup.
The police are taking all necessary steps so that no untoward incident takes place in the city during the international event in which football teams of 24 nations will be participating. The tournament will start on October 6 and the first match in Kolkata is on October 8. The city is already under the grip of football fever. So the police are also not leaving any stone unturned to ensure security of delegates from different countries, footballers and spectators. There will be 10 matches in Kolkata including the final. Gyanwant Singh, Commissioner of Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate, said: "All arrangements are being done to ensure a trouble-free event."
Total 3,000 policemen will be deployed and will be working as per the directions of the 35 senior police officers of Assistant Commissioner of Police rank. Around 400 volunteers including 120 women volunteers will also be deployed during the matches. There will be 110 checking points on 60 different entry routes to the stadium.
The police have chalked out an elaborate plan to ensure proper management of traffic and at the same time the crowd management both at the beginning and the end of the matches. With tickets of almost all the matches getting sold like hot cakes, the police have also announced the set of formalities that a spectator has to follow to get entry to the stadium.
It has been clearly stated by the police that no one will be allowed to carry any material apart from mobile phones inside the stadium. Spectators will not be allowed to carry any inflammable materials, bags and water bottles. There will be sufficient supply of water pouches which will be distributed among spectators.
Spectators will be allowed to enter the stadium two hours ahead of the scheduled time of a match. Steps have also been taken to ensure that spectators can come out of the stadium without any hurry.
Special enclosures have been created for parking of 250 vehicles of VVIPs inside the stadium premises. Parking lots for rest of the vehicles have been created outside at designated locations.