Over 1,200 cops deployed for FIFA Under 17 World Cup event, to ensure safety and security in Navi Mumbai and Mumbai.
With FIFA Under 17 World Cup around the corner, a gigantic security arrangement has been organized all over Navi Mumbai and Mumbai. Over 1,200 cops are deployed to keep a strict vigilance on any possibility of security and safety breach.
The state police department is leaving no stones unturned in strengthening the security arrangements. Right from planning a multi-layer security cover to deploying 240 stewards, across key locations from the airport to the stadium, the deployment is done from personal agencies, including Quick Reaction Teams (QRTs), Force One Commandos, and RCPs to toughen the security cover.
Inspector general Krishna Prakash, the state security nodal officer appointed for the event, elaborated his take on the steps taken on the matter by stating, “This is the first time that a contract guaranteeing security for a sporting event has been entered by the central and state governments with a sports federation. Such arrangements were not done even during the IPL matches.”
Expecting an enormous turnout at the event, the department is braced up with its threat mitigation plan and risk assessment strategy for pre- and on-match day deployment.
According to DCP (zone 1 Vashi) and venue security commander Dr. Sudhakar Pathare, “For the 8 days of the matches, a multi-layer security cover has been worked out. For all the 6 teams, there are dedicated convoys to monitor the daily travel routes. There are six officers liasioning with the team management and the government authority on security.”
The entry points to the venue have to be managed with hawk-eye precision. “There will be strict adherence to the entry points. Visitors will have to enter the venue through the gates specified on their tickets,” added DCP Pathare.
Procurement of various equipment, including body scanners, megaphones, light barons, explosive detection system, portable fiberscope and motion detection CCTVs will add to the security and safety arrangements of the event.
“Five teams of the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad from Thane city, Thane rural, Pune, and Dhule have been provided by the DGP office. The teams and sniffer dog squads have been scanning the entire venue and it’s neighboring areas daily”, said Rajesh Bansode, the nodal officer for police security.