Rashmi Rekha Das

With a few hours left for the inauguration of the FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup, the Bhubaneswar Development Authority, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation and the Commissionerate Police seem to be confident of putting up a good show.

BDA, BMC and police have made elaborate arrangement to ensure smooth conduct of the festival. 

According to sources, as many as 17 enforcement squads (Team Pride) have been formed to look into issues pertaining to illegal parking, illegal encroachment and beautification. Each enforcement squad will have two police officials. Besides, each team will be headed by a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP). There are 150 Pride members in 17 teams.

The Men’s Hockey World Cup will be inaugurated today at Barabati Stadium, Cuttack while matches will be played from January 13. Ahead of the inaugural function, Team Pride took out a tour with siren from AG Square and reached Reserve Police Ground via Raj Bhawan Square, 120 Battalion and Behera Sahi Chhak.  

As many as 17 vans to be used by Teams Pride have been decorated in the shape of hockey sticks. The team members were informed about their roles after they reached the Reserve Police Ground. 

BDA vice chairman Balwant Singh, Police Commissioner Soumendra Priyadarshi and BMC Commissioner Vijay Amruta Kulange were present at the Reserve Police Ground when the Team Pride reached there.

Police Commissioner Soumendra Priyadarshi said, “It’s a joint effort of BDA, BMC and police to beautify the city ahead of the Hockey World Cup. Team Pride has been formed to make the city free from illegal encroachments, illegal parking and branding.”

Balwant Singh, BDA vice-chairman, said, “As many as nine locations including Airport Square, AG Square, Jaydev Vihar Square, Fortune Tower Square have been identified where Team Pride will ensure those locations are freed from illegal parking and encroachment.”

Vijay Amruta Kulange, BMC Commissioner, said, “Team Pride will ensure discipline and development at cohesion. Besides, it is working to bring improvement in sanitation and parking related issues.”