Hyderabad: Special services from Hyderabad Metro Rail, deployment of additional security forces, intensified surveillance network, scope for use of more public transport utility and free drinking water facilities are likely to be some of the highlights for matches during this year’s Indian Premier League in Hyderabad.
With matches here to begin from April 9, elaborate security measures have been taken by the Rachakonda Police with nearly 2,500 police personnel to monitor the seven matches to be held at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Uppal.
Additional 700 personnel
Last year, according to Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh M Bhagwat, 1,800 police personnel were deployed and this year an additional 700 personnel were added in order to keep a tight vigil over the proceedings. Effective bandobust arrangements were made in coordination with wings like Law & Order containing 1,038 personnel, traffic with 329 personnel and six armed platoons.
“The entire police force on duty will be around 2,500 personnel, including OCTOPUS, Special Branch, Central Crime Station and SHE Teams,” he said.
The State Fire Services would take care of fire safety measures and the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation would monitor the removal of debris and garbage, he said. This year, parking areas have been added to the list of vulnerable points identified around the stadium.
Stating that last year 54 closed-circuit cameras were used, the Commissioner said an additional 46 cameras were set up this time around to monitor the stadium premises and the parking areas. All the cameras were interlinked to the Joint Command and Control Centre established in the stadium, he said.
Bhagwat said hawkers were prohibited from entering the stadium road on account of security measures.
“For the first time, free drinking water facility will be provided on the stadium premises. In order to avoid traffic congestion, Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited will run special trains till 1 am,” he said, adding that the TSRTC too would be running special buses.