Delhi Police gear up for tighter security arrangements

Extensive security arrangements have been made by the Delhi Police in collaboration with the International Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) for the India International Trade Fair which will be taking place at the Pragati Maidan from November 14.

Delhi Police are going to deploy around 2,000 police personnel (among them 350 will be women constables and 100 will be police commandos) to keep a tight vigil over the security of the VVIPS as well as the visitors who will throng the venue during the 14-day trade festival.

As per the security arrangements made by the ITPO, 550 civil defence volunteers will be deployed along with the police personnel. As many as 13 Quick Response Teams (QRTs) and 19 PCR vans will be deployed around Pragati Maidan area. Around 10 mounted police will keep a tab at the entry gates of the venue and around 70 DFMD (Door Frame Metal Detectors) will be stationed at the entry gates to make sure that each and every visitor is frisked thoroughly. As many as 12 X-ray baggage scanners will be used at the gates to make sure no unidentified item enters the gate. 

Four bomb disposal teams will be in place to keep a check. 23 watch towers and 20 observation towers will monitor security at all the important points, said a senior police official on the condition of anonymity.

The official further added that the entire area is divided into seven sectors and each sector will have one Assistant Sub-Inspector, three head constables, six constables, two women staff and one section of outside force which will comprise eight officers for security inside the venue.

With 59 CCTV cameras already in place in and around the trade fair venue, more than 200 CCTV cameras will be added to ensure a tighter vigil over the entire area. More cameras will be installed at crime prone areas from where cases have been registered in the past few years.

Four bomb disposal teams will sanitise the area before and after the venue is closed.

Due to the trade fair rush, traffic congestion is expected on the days of the fair at Mathura Road, Bhairon Marg, Ring Road, Shershah Road and Purana Quila Road. 

“No vehicle will be allowed to halt or park anywhere on Mathura Road and Bhairon Marg. There will also be no parking space for visitors on Sher Shah Road, Purana Quila Road, Bhagwan Dass Road and Tilak Marg,” a senior traffic official said.
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