Security beefed up for Ahmedabad ODI

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:53 IST

Elaborate security arrangements have been made for the fifth one-day international between India and Sri Lanka to be played in Motera.

Ahmedabad:

Elaborate security arrangements have been made for the fifth one-day international between India and Sri Lanka to be played at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, keeping in mind the recent serial blasts in Delhi. "Keeping the recent blasts in mind, tight security arrangements have been made both at the stadium and the hotel where the two teams will be staying for the match on November 6," Inspector-General (Gandhinagar Range) Ajay Kumar Tomar told reporters today. "At the stadium, security has been beefed up and about 1,400 policemen posted at Motera will ensure that the match passes off peacefully," Tomar said. "CCTV cameras have also been placed at different points in the stadium that will monitor the spectators and keep an eye on the police deployment during the match," he said. Fool-proof arrangements At the hotel, no strangers will be allowed where both the teams have been put up and only accredited journalists will be allowed to enter the hotel lobby, he said. Tomar said, "The whole stadium has been divided into different sectors and the security of each sector will be monitored by a senior police official." In addition to the 1,400 strong police force and yellow security guards, specially recruited 'Police Mitras' will assist in keeping an eye on spectators and possible unruly elements during the match. Proper traffic arrangements have been made to ensure that neither the teams nor daily commuters are caught up in any traffic-jams, Tomar said. According to Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) President Narhari Amin, tickets worth Rs 80 lakh have been sold but some higher-end tickets were available. "Though the match is a day-night affair, the stadium will remain open to spectators from 10 am onwards to prevent any last minute crowding," Amin added. GCA has also insured the Sri Lankan players for Rs 10 lakh each for the Motera tie. (PTI)

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