Monday, August 16, 2010

NDMA and BARC Training Policemen for Games Security

With 47 days to go for the Commonwealth Games, Delhi Police has procured a radiation meter and is training its personnel to use the meter with the help of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC). Delhi Police officers were given a demonstration on the meter last week.

The move comes months after a radiation leak at the Mayapuri scrap market killed one person and left a dozen in a critical condition.

Delhi Police officers said they are procuring equipment at present but plan to procure more before the Games. ‘‘The security wing of Delhi Police will handle the equipment and the initial plan is to familiarize the personnel with its use. They will be assisted by NDMA and BARC,’’ said a senior police officer. The radiation or dose meters will also be used as part of the security drill at all the CWG venues including stadia, Games Village and accommodation for Games officials.

The equipment which weighs around 2kg is handheld devices and can detect alpha, beta and gamma rays. Each radiation meter costs between Rs 1.5 and 2 lakh. About a dozen officers of the security wing of Delhi Police are being trained to handle these meters.

“The equipment will be able to display the radiation count for an area on its screen and if the radiation is at an alarming level, the equipment will send an audio signal,’’ said an officer.