April 19, 2011 2:26:59 am
Security arrangements put in place by the Mumbai Police for the ICC World Cup 2011 matches at the Wankhede Stadium will cost the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) a record Rs 3 crore. The most elaborate bandobast arrangements ever organised by the Mumbai Police,officers confirmed this will be the biggest bill they have ever presented.
The Mumbai Police which will submit bills to the MCA this week have calculated expenses worth approximately Rs 3 crore for bandobast for the three days when matches were played at the renovated stadium,including the final on April 2.
Rajkumar Vhatkar,DCP (operations),said: It was the first time ever that we put together such a massive bandobast.
The bill to be presented to the MCA will cover charges for the security cover around Wankhede,the hotel where the players stayed,during the practice sessions and also during the transportation of the players to the stadium and back.
Besides the 4,500 personnel from the police department,five companies of the Rapid Action Force,nine of the State Reserve Police Force and personnel from the Central Industrial Security Force,National Security Guard and Force One,personnel from the traffic department of the Mumbai Police and fire brigade were also deployed.
There were regular intelligence reports on terror threats,so we took all precautions. We had been discussing the bandobast part through the entire last month, said a police officer.
The security provided by us also included weapons,vehicles and snipers. Last year,we had arranged for bandobast of the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches whose cost went up to Rs 1.5 crore. But the cost for World Cup,which is an international event,came to twice the cost of security for the IPL, added Vhatkar.
While the IPL organisers were billed Rs 1.5 crore last year,the estimated expenses for Ganpati festival bandobast annually are about Rs 20-30 lakh,but no bills are calculated and presented in this case.
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