NEW DELHI, Sept 22 (PTI): Commonwealth Games venues and Athletes Village will have a complete lockdown from midnight tonight with entry to be allowed only to those carrying valid passes.
A large number of armed policemen, including paramilitary personnel, have been deployed across the stadia and village. Sophisticated gadgets have also been installed at the stadia. �The lockdown will start from this midnight,� a senior police official said.
The security has been stepped up across the city after Sunday�s firing incident at Jama Masjid that injured two Taiwanese nationals.
Delhi Police, which is the nodal agency for Games security, have conducted various drills, including anti- sabotage checks once they take over possession of the venues, the official said.
Apart from around 80,000 Delhi Police personnel, over 17,500 paramilitary personnel, 3,000 commandos and 100 anti- sabotage check teams will be deployed across the city.
The army has been asked to be alert.
Concerns were earlier raised about the delay in handing over venues to security agencies as some quarters felt that it would hamper the security preparations.
Delhi Police Commissioner YS Dadwal, however, had downplayed the delay and said the force was prepared to handle the security issues related to the sporting extravaganza.
�We know the stadia and surrounding areas. We know the city very well. So securing them or other areas will not be a problem,� Dadwal had said when asked whether the delay in completion of Games projects was compromising security preparedness.
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram also reviewed the arrangements.
Heli-borne snipers, four-layered security cordon around Commonwealth Games venues and exclusive lanes for Games vehicles were among the components of the mammoth security plan for the event.
The security plan prepared for the mega event, which will see participation of around 8,500 athletes from 71 countries competing in 17 events, also envisages snipers on rooftops, commando hit teams and expert groups to tackle any chemical, biological, radio-active or nuclear attacks.
Air Force will provide surveillance from the skies. Heli-borne assault teams will also be deployed to thwart any terror strikes.
�We are closely working with central Intelligence agencies. The Air Force will be surveying the airspace. We will have heli-borne snipers patrolling the skies,� the official said.