Guwahati: The city police are on high alert in the run-up to the much-awaited India-West Indies ODI be played at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium on October 21.
The police have initiated elaborate plans for the safety and security of players, match officials and spectators. High-level security arrangements have been made following a blast that rocked the city in the Pan Bazar area on October 13 in which four persons were injured.
Speaking to EastMojo, joint commissioner of police Diganta Borah said, “We have allotted additional security forces to make sure that no untoward incident takes place and cricket lovers can enjoy the match safely.”
For any emergency-like situation, the police have already chalked out an evacuation plan in consultation with the SDRF, NDRF, and state fire and emergency department. “As the stadium is located in a populated area with narrow lanes, we are making detailed plans to control the traffic,” Borah added.
For smooth flow of traffic, the police have made detailed traffic plans along with the city traffic department.
The Assam Cricket Association has also deployed private security men who will closely work with the state forces to secure the stadium.
India will play against West Indies in the opening ODI of the five-match series at the city’s newly curated stadium, where the host lost against Australia in the maiden T-20 international match played last year in a low-scoring game.
Meanwhile, the curators of the stadium are of the view that the pitch will be hard this time and they are expecting a high-scoring match.
Six players of West Indies have already reached Guwahati ahead of the match. The rest of the team are expected to reach the city on October 17.