As many as 65 platoons of police forces and 150 officers will be deployed in Cuttack for the India-South Africa T-20 cricket match to be held at Barabati Stadium on October 5.
Similarly, 25 platoons and 100 officers of police force will be mobilized in Bhubaneswar, where the players will be staying at Mayfair hotel.
As per reports, the two teams are scheduled to arrive in Bhubaneswar on October 3 afternoon by chartered flights. The squad members will have their net practice at the stadium the following day.
Massive Security Deployment at Barabati Stadium
As many as 150 CCTV cameras have already been installed in and around the stadium in Cuttack to keep a watch on possible anti-social activities during the match. The cameras, installed at the gates and the ticket counters, will be monitored by Cuttack DCP Sanjeev Arora.
In a first, OCA has numbered the seats in the stadium, and the audience, entering through its 18 gates, will have to sit in the seats allotted to them.
According to Police Commissioner RP Sharma, Orissa Cricket Association (OCA) will also deploy 500 private security guards in and around the stadium to assist police. Moreover, the Anti-terrorist Squad and Special Operation Group (SoG) will also be deployed in the twin cities.
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For the record, it is the first time Barabati Stadium will be hosting an international T20 match. The stadium has earlier hosted Indian Premier League (IPL) T20 matches.
“We have also asked Odisha Cricket Association to increase their holding area inside the stadium and its premises so that people queuing up for entry are not out on the main roads which leads to traffic congestion and public inconvenience,” the Police Commissioner said, adding barricading strategy will be changed this time.
The capacity of Barabati Stadium is 45,000. Online ticket sales have been completed with 7,000 seats sold on the Internet. However, sale of tickets from the counters will start on October 1 and continue till October 3. Adequate police arrangement will be made to ensure that those buying tickets do not face any problem.
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Courtesy: Orissa Post | New Indian Express