Monday, December 28, 2009

Security Equipments for 2010 Games to cost Rupees 300 Crores

Security for the Commonwealth Games will be one of the costliest, with equipment cost alone going over Rs 300 crore. The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, which will host the opening and closing ceremonies, will have security gadgets worth Rs 51 crore.

At Rs 41 crore, the Indira Gandhi Stadium follows close behind, while the practice venues at the Delhi University have a much lesser security budget of Rs 1.5 crore.

The Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL), set up by the Government of India in 1967, will provide CCTV cameras and other security gadgets for the venues.

H C Kalra, general manager of ECIL, told that the ECIL develops technologies for defense and security purposes, and that they provide equipment to the Defense Ministry and the Delhi Secretariat.

Besides CCTV cameras, ECIL will provide Access Control Systems through which security can be managed digitally through computers. CCTV cameras will keep an eye on events inside and outside the venues. Their number will vary from location to location.

“Several other security equipments will be installed but we are not in a position to talk about them, as it might compromise the security,” Kalra said.

According to Kalra, installation of security gadgets has started at Thyagraja and Talkatora Stadium.

ECIL will provide security equipment to the 26 venues, including those being developed by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Ministry of Urban Development, the New Delhi Municipal Council and the Government of Delhi.

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) will provide security for the Games.