**Bhubaneswar:** Watertight security arrangements have been put in place for the smooth and incident-free conduct of the Odisha Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018. Security has been tightened at the airport and (eight) hotels where the players are accommodated. Besides, frequent sanitizing drills are being performed at the Kalinga Stadium to detect the presence of explosives or IEDs.
While Police Commissioner Satyajit Mohanty will be in overall charge of the security arrangements, DIG, Western Range, Satyabrata Bhoi has been mobilized to assist him. Bhoi, during his tenure as DCP Bhubaneswar, had successfully overseen security arrangement of two sensitive events – Asian Athletics Championships 2017 and the BJP National Executive Meet, which were held here.
Speaking to media persons today, DGP Dr RP Sharma said, “Since the upcoming tournament is one of its kinds for the State, security detail of the event is going to be one of the toughest challenges for Odisha Police.”
“There are celebrities for the opening ceremony which invites enthusiasm of the crowd throwing a challenge for the security forces. The main objective would be to ensure that the entire event passes off peacefully,” he added.
On the other hand, security has been beefed up in Cuttack where AR Rahman will be performing in the extension programme of the Men’s Hockey World Cup’s inaugural ceremony.
“Special arrangements have been made for security, traffic management and parking. The school and college grounds and the additional parking space for baliyatra have been earmarked for the ceremony,” Cuttack DCP Akhilesvar Singh said.
“Shuttle bus services will be available from Bhuasuni Gada and Chahata Ghat. The arrangements at Barabati Stadium will be the same as we do during international cricket matches,” Singh added.