Cabinet Approves 370 Crore Security for C’wealth Games

India on Monday approved a whopping Rs. 370 crore expenditure to be incurred on account of state-of-the-art security for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Hyderabad-based state-owned Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) will establish the Integrated Security System (ISS) for the Games.

‘In the interests of uniformity, compatibility and economies of scale and to ensure that a complete security solution is provided, ECIL has been tasked to provide the ISS,’ said a statement issued after the cabinet meeting.

‘The indigenous capacity creation and capacity validation to provide ‘state-of-the-art’ security cover for large scale events will not only set new benchmarks but would be vital for the secure conduct of the Commonwealth Games 2010,’ it said.

‘This is the first time in India that a project for installation of an ISS on such a large-scale is being implemented,’ it added.

During his recent visit to the country, head of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Michael Fennel brought up the matter of adequate security arrangements for the event.

ECIL will deliver the security solution by March 31 2010.

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