Tight security grid around redesigned Central Vista Avenue on Day 2 | Latest Delhi News

Nearly 400 security personnel from Delhi Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), 50 private security guards deployed by Central Public Works Department (CPWD), about 70 metal detectors for executive (DFMD) and dozens of familiar bright yellow iron Friday, police barricades formed a tight ring of security around Central Vista Avenue.

A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the revamped Central Vista Avenue and new Kartavya Road, thousands of people – including foreign tourists – flocked to the iconic area, with the administration making new arrangements to facilitate traffic and tourists. .

Police said the area received a floating crowd of 8,000 to 10,000 people during the day, which increased to 15,000 in the evening. Police officials said the area received an attendance of 1 lakh visitors during the day.

“The massive deployment of personnel was done not only as a security measure but also to facilitate the movement of visitors who may not have been aware of the new access methods,” said the Deputy Commissioner of Police ( New Delhi) Amrutha Guguloth.

Under the new arrangements, access to the India Gate Lawns, National War Memorial and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Statue will only be through the four underpasses on either side of Kartavya Road – near the C-Hexagon and Janpath section. All visitors will be required to pass through DFMDs installed in underground passageways, except for search by security personnel.

It is a departure from the past, when visitors were allowed to walk through the circle of India Gate also known as C-Hexagon to reach the lawns of the historical monument by one of six radials.

On Friday, however, the six radials of the India Gate lawns were barricaded and guarded by police as well as private security guards. “This is only a temporary entry and exit arrangement at the War Memorial point…However, our staff on the ground were directing and encouraging visitors to only use the subway as these will be future points access,” said a police officer.

While those visiting India Gate and the Bose statue were searched once, those planning to visit the war memorial had to undergo a second round of searches, digs and walks through the DFMD. There were private security guards and a baggage x-ray machine at this security point.

The India Gate and Kartavya Road crossings were made signalless for vehicles and no pedestrians were allowed to cross Hexagon C. Barricades were also set up along the sidewalks to deter people from crossing the road and slow down the flow of vehicles. Traffic personnel were busy removing peddlers, auto rickshaws, taxis and even private vehicles stopping on C-Hexagon to pick up or drop off visitors.

Although Kartavya Road has yet to be opened to vehicular traffic, pedestrians had to access it and its adjacent lawns via the DMFDs installed there as the area was heavily barricaded on Friday.

“DFMDs and barricades along Kartavya Road were placed for the inauguration ceremony on Thursday. We have started removing them. All would be removed by Saturday,” DCP Guguloth said.


    Karn Pratap Singh has been writing about crime, policing and security issues in Delhi for almost a decade. It covers high-intensity news, including terrorist strikes, serial explosions and security threats in the nation’s capital.
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