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South Mumbai to be a no-fly zone for WC final


Yogita Limaye, Shoaib Ahmed,CNN-IBN
Apr 01, 2011 at 12:57pm IST

Mumbai: Mumbai has turned into into a fortress with a 3-tier security ahead of the India-Sri Lanka World Cup final to be held at the Wankhede stadium on Saturday.

Joint Commissioner of Police, Himanshu Roy said, "We are checking the antecedents of foreigners who have bought tickets."

A 3-tier security arrangement comprising at least 3,000 security personnel will guard the venue.

Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel will frisk spectators entering the ground while the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) will guard the periphery. Five companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) will be deployed as well.

All security personnel incharge of stadium security and ground staff will be issued biometric identity cards.

Spectators won't be allowed to take in food items and bags, parking will not be allowed in and around the stadium except for some select VVIPs.

National Security Guards men along with the Quick Response Team commandos and the state's elite Force One team will be on guard to avert any possible terror attack.

One team of the National Disaster Response Force will be on standby. Besides, Airforce, Navy and marine Commandos will be on standby.

South Mumbai will be declared a no fly zone on the match day. All entry points into south Mumbai via sea will also be sealed.

To identify any suspicious elements, a command center inside the stadium will monitor video footage of at least 260 CCTV cameras installed inside and outside the stadium.

Also, to avoid congestion in South Mumbai, all government offices in the area will be shut.

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