Elaborate security arrangements for Asian Athletics Championship 2017

Bhubaneswar: Ahead of the 22nd Asian Athletics Championship, the Commissionerate Police have made elaborate security arrangements for the smooth management of the biggest ever sporting event at the state capital, scheduled to be held here from July 6 to 9 at the Kalinga Stadium.

Speaking to the mediapersons here on Monday, Police Commissioner YB Khurania said traffic management would be the top priority during the mega event. A detailed traffic advisory would be issued soon for a smooth conduct.

In the initial phase, arrangement for parking has been made at four different places including Behera Sahi, AG Colony, Ashram School premises and Raavanpodi Ground near Nayapalli. LED panels will be placed in several places to provide an update of the real-time traffic data.

Keeping an eye on the arrangement of the continental event, Khurania informed that 45 platoons of police force along with a Quick Reaction Team (QRT) would be deployed in several places to monitor law and order.

“CCTVs have been installed in and around the stadium, which would be monitored by a team of officials at a make-shift control room. Also, spectators will not be allowed to enter the stadium without a valid pass,” he said.

“As per the details, around 800 athletes and 400 officials from 45 countries will take part in 42 disciplines in the championships. Tight security arrangements have been made inside the stadium as well in places of their accommodation,” he added.

The Police Commissioner urged the people for their co-operation to ensure the smooth conduct of the event. “It is a pride for Odisha that Bhubaneswar will be hosting the Asian Athletics Championship this year. Taking this into consideration, the spectators should thoroughly enjoy and refrain from creating disturbance during the mega event,” he said.

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