Friday, April 3, 2009

Commonwealth Games Security Stepped Up

Commonwealth Games Security Stepped UpThe organizers of 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi have moved to calm fears over security after investing US dollars 15million to enhance security in the wake of the attack on the Sri Lanka cricket team in Pakistan last week.

The Union Government of India has sanctioned the investment amid mounting concerns following last week's incident in Lahore, which heightened fears following the terrorist attacks in Mumbai in November.

"The money has been sanctioned for the Delhi Police to procure additional security equipment like X-ray scanners, metal detectors and communication equipment, specifically for the Commonwealth Games 2010," a home ministry official said.

Last week Indian Olympic Association chief Suresh Kalmadi said security was the top concern of the organising committee, an assurance which Delhi's Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna echoed.

"I assure you that the Commonwealth Games will be peaceful and secure," he said. "Visitors have no need to be apprehensive about their safety."

Meanwhile, secretary general for the 2010 Games, Lalit Bhanot, said that the venues would be ready well in advance of the Games, despite construction work being behind schedule. "We are moving in the right speed," he said.

"Three or four stadiums will be delivered by September-October this year, while the rest will be ready by February next year."