Bhubaneswar/Cuttack, Jan 18: Elaborate security arrangements have been made by the Comissionerate Police for the players of India and England who are to arrive in Odisha capital today to play the second one day international match at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on Jan 19 and also for the practice session today. Yesterday a mock drill was held from the Biju Patnaik International Airport to Hotel Mayfair where 87 rooms have been booked for both the teams. To ensure non-stop movement of the team in the bus, traffic is regulated accordingly.A police carcade line has been arranged which will escort the teams in the right and left flank. Besides, there will be a pilot vehicle in front of the bus while a police vehicle on the rear side of the bus during the visit of the team from Bhubaneswar to Cuttack and vice versa. If any player wants to come out of the bus, he needs to inform the escort team. All this was elaborately said by Bhubaneswar DCP Satyabrata Bhoi to the media. Around 20 platoons of armed police force have been deployed.
After taking stock of security arrangements in Barabati Stadium yesterday, Police Commissioner YB Khurania said 63 platoons of police force have been deployed in and outside the stadium. Besides, arrangements for frequent patrolling and checking in all roads leading to Barabati stadium have been made. Apart from this, police officers and force have been deployed in the inner and outer perimeter of the stadium. For the first time, CCTV cameras have been installed inside the stadium which will help in keeping a close watch on the spectators. The Police Commissioner also requested the spectators to ensure that the match should be conducted smoothly.
On asking about the dew during the match, the reporters were given a reply which stated that keeping in mind about the dew in the evening, specific arrangements have been made. To mining the dew effect, the grass in the ground has been shortened. Besides, super soaker will be applied every hour and anti-dew solutions will also be sprayed on the grass to minimise the dew logging.
On the other hand, sale of tickets to public have begun at the three counters of Barabati Stadium from Monday itself and it ended yesterday. Out of 15,444 tickets, 12,714 tickets were sold on Monday while the remaining 2730 tickets were sold out yesterday.