U-17 semi-final passes off without a hitch due to govt's arrangements
Kolkata: Elaborate arrangements by the state government helped in organising the semi-final of the U-17 World Cup in Kolkata without any untoward incident.
There was high demand for tickets for the high voltage match between England and Brazil that was shifted from Guwahati to Kolkata.
There was a heavy police arrangement both inside and outside the stadium to ensure that no chaos takes place during the match.
The police had kept a close vigil at movement of vehicles and at the same time to keep a track whether anyone was moving around the stadium with an intention of selling tickets at a premium.
In a bid to check spectators from creating any sort of disturbances, stewards had kept a close watch on spectators. They had body-cams fitted to capture video footages if they find anyone attempting to create any disturbances. At the same time the police had kept a close watch at the galleries through CCTV footages. The police had decided to send spectators out of the stadium if they are caught creating any sort of disturbances.
The stadium was packed with people and many had been waiting from a few hours ahead of the match to enter Swami Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan.
Unlike other days, the craze for the match was much more on Wednesday as the people of football-loving Bengal got the second opportunity to watch Brazil and England playing in Kolkata.
The state Transport department too engaged more than 600 additional air-conditioned buses and helped spectators reach the stadium without facing any inconvenience. Moreover, there was proper transport facility to ensure that people can return
With the successful completion of the semi-final in Kolkata, the police and senior officials of all concerned department of the state government have initiated their work to make the final of the tournament successful.
The final of FIFA Under-17 Football World Cup is scheduled on October 28 and the police are taking all necessary measures to ensure a trouble free day.
At the same time, around 300 FIFA executives will be in the city from October 26 for the next three days for their council meeting which is taking place for the first time in India.