Security a Delhi priority

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Organisers of the New Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games have reassured all members of the Commonwealth games family across the globe that it is treating issues of security in the lead up to the Games of 2010 as a top priority.

"As you are aware of the global situation related to terrorism and, especially, a couple of incidences happening in this part of the world (South East Asia), the recent being attack on Sri Lankan crickets team in Lahore, Pakistan. I will like to reassure you of the level of preparedness related to security arrangements for the Commonwealth Games, Delhi 2010, " said Suresh Kalmadi, chairman of the organising committee, Delhi 2010, speaking in early April 2009. "During pre–Games period, adequate precautions are being taken to secure construction sites and to undertake background checks of personnel being employed for the Games. At Games time, an all comprehensive security cover shall be provided to each of the venues and overall city operations. The entire planning and preparations for security arrangements are constantly being monitored at the highest levels by the Indian government. The lieutenant governor of Delhi has the overall responsibility for the security of the Games. "Kalmadi said that an empowered committee headed by the home secretary of India would closely monitor and ensure that necessary coordination across various agencies involved with the security including Delhi Police. He added that 'State–of–the art–communication system' covering all the agencies within venues and across the city shall be put in place well in advance. "Adequate care will be taken to prevent any potential threat including airspace protection measures, " he added. The organising committee chairman said that the Commonwealth Games Federation has taken special efforts to engage an international security agency that has recently completed its first visit to Delhi. "This agency is going to separately monitor the security arrangements being planned for the Commonwealth Games, Delhi 2010, " explained Kalmadi. He said that it was on the strength of the measures that: "I am reassuring all members of the Commonwealth family that Delhi 2010 and the government of India are committed to providing an absolutely safe and secured environment for athletes, officials and visiting dignitaries during the Commonwealth Games Delhi 2010. All preparations are going ahead with full speed and a–never–before experience of participation and pleasure awaits you all. I appeal to you to have full confidence in our preparations and stand united to defeat any attempt to destabilise global camaraderie and goodwill, " he said.

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