FIFA U17 World Cup: Salt Lake Stadium sees new measures in increased security ahead of the World Cup

[caption id="attachment_55750" align="aligncenter" width="580"]National Defence Reserve Force at the Salt Lake Stadium. Pic Courtesy: XtraTime National Defence Reserve Force at the Salt Lake Stadium.
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Kolkata: On the occasion of FIFA U17 World Cup, the Yuba Bharati Stadium or the Salt Lake Stadium has been literally made a fortress for the security events in the upcoming footballing extravaganza. A four stage security protocol has been made effective in the largest stadium of India.

Thursday evening of October 5 saw the National Defence Reserve Force (NDRF) visiting the Salt lake Stadium and conducted necessary mock drills as to what would happen if any such disaster happens in the near future.

It has been made clear by the NDRF that they would clear the stadium in 10 minutes. No one would also be allowed near the stadium without proper identification. The increased security restricts anyone from entering the ground with remote car keys. Only cell phones will be allowed inside the ground.

The ground is scheduled to have four tiers. The first tier will comprise of 31,950 people while the second tier will be occupied by 24,684 people. the third tier is to be occupied by 8,608 people and the fourth tier will be reserved for the National Security Guard (NSG).

3,000 cops would be posted in the stadium while 260 CCTV have also been installed in the stadium complexes.

"We are aiming at an evacuation time of eight minutes. The seating plan has been drawn up keeping that in mind," Gyanwant Singh, commissioner, Bidhannagar commissionerate, said.

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