Guwahati: On the eve of the one-day international (ODI) to be played in Guwahati’s Barsapara cricket stadium, the city police issued elaborate traffic notifications and security measures for the safety and security of players, match officials and spectators on match day.
As part of the five-match ODI series, India will take on West Indies in the opening game at the newly-built Assam Cricket Association stadium in Barsapara, Guwahati, on Sunday.
Joint commissioner of police (JCP) 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.”
Referring to the unfortunate stone-pelting incident at the Australian team last year, DGP Kuladhar Saikia said, “We have put extra forces along the route to the stadium. We we will also be closely monitoring the area.”
At a press conference in the ACA stadium, JCP Borah said, “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. We have also done necessary drills for emergency situations.”
Elaborating on smooth flow of traffic on the major roads leading to the stadium, deputy commissioner of police (traffic) Amarjeet Kaur said, “We have arranged 15 parking lots along the AK Deb Road (Lokhra Chariali), while there are 10 parking spaces along the AK Azad Road, popularly known as Lokhra Road.”
Of the five gates for spectators, gate numbers 2,3 and 4 of the ACA stadium can be approached via AK Azad Road (Lokhara Road) and gate number 5 and 6 via Gorchuk Chariali using AK Deb Road, said the police.
The police have arranged high-level security measures following a blast that rocked the city in the Pan Bazar area on October 13 in which four persons were injured.
Meanwhile, the ACA has also deployed private security forces to closely work with the state security personnel to secure the stadium and maintain a three-tier security system.