Security beefs up for the final T20I in Hyderabad

Security beefs up for the final T20I in Hyderabad

The third and final T20I between India and Australia will be a decider.

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The Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad is leaving no stones unturned in terms of security measures after what happened in Guwahati, the venue for the previous T20I encounter between India and Australia. It has been learnt that fans can bring their mobile phones to watch the final T20I between the two sides, but power-banks and other electronic devices are strictly prohibited according to Mahesh Bhagwat, Commissioner of Police, Rachakonda.

Mr. Bhagwat informed the media at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium on Thursday that the security personnel manning all the gates would appeal to the fans to go through the drill of switching off the phones before entering the venue. “This is also one of the reasons we ask the fans to come well in advance to the venue to avoid any inconvenience. All the entry gates will be thrown open four hours before the match commences at 7.00 p.m.,” he said.

Metallic objects, umbrellas, water bottles, sticks to carry any banners (tri-colour flags are allowed, but without the sticks) will not be allowed inside the premises of the stadium. Apart from this, 56 CCTV cameras have been installed in and around the stadium for the safety of the spectators, female fans in particular. Mr. bhagwat also mentioned that everything will be monitored from the control room.

1800 cops on duty

“In all, 1,800 cops will be on the job for a smooth conduct of the match,” he said. “The vigilance teams will keep a tab on the sale of eatables and beverages by vendors and spectators can bring to the notice of the authorities if anyone is charging an exorbitant price by calling 100 or 9490617111,” he said.

“Most importantly, we appeal to the spectators not to create panic in case there is heavy rain as they can all move into the large lung space available behind the galleries to take cover,” he said. “There is enough space for parking 1,940 four-wheelers and 5,050 two-wheelers in the designated spaces in and around the stadium,” he added.