CISF to give security at five Games venues April 1

New Delhi, March 8 (IANS) The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) will be providing 4,000 men and 300 commandos for the security of the Commonwealth Games beginning here Oct 3. The force will take charge of five venues from April 1.

‘The CISF will be part of a composite security mechanism comprising of components from all other paramilitary forces working along with Delhi Police,’ CISF Director General N.R. Das told reporters at the force’s annual press conference here.

‘A total of 500 of our men will start guarding the five venues from April 1. And before one month from the beginning of the Games, our 4,000 men and 300 commandos will be pressed into action,’ he added.

There are around 36 venues for the Games, for which security will be provided by personnel from Delhi Police, the CISF, the National Security Guard (NSG), the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and the Border Security Force (BSF).

Apart from performing duties like access and exit control, x-ray screening, prevention of thefts and terror attacks, the CISF will form quick reaction teams and bomb disposal and dog squads. The central paramilitary force has already conducted an audit of all the Games venue and submitted its report to the home ministry.

Das said the force is providing 1,600 more personnel for Delhi Metro as the number of stations would go to 141 from at present 82. ‘Installation of close circuit television cameras is under process and it will be completed shortly.’

‘We are also providing 900 personnel for Terminal-3 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport, which is likely to be operational by first week of July,’ he said.

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