The 90th Annual General Assembly of Interpol will be held at New Delhi’s Pragati Maidan between October 18-21. Delegations from 195 countries will be attending the event. It will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 18 while Union Home Minister Amit Shah will be addressing the valedictory function on October 21.
A top Delhi Traffic Police Official said that the arrangements for the stay of delegates have been made hotels namely The Lalit, The Imperial, Shangri La, Le Meridien, The Oberoi, Hyatt Regency and The Ashok.
The delegates will be travelling between places of stay, Pragati Maidan, JLN Stadium and the Airport. Various traffic measures will be implemented in order to achieve smooth transportation for delegates from places of stay to Pragati Maidan, the official said.
In order to facilitate the movement of the delegates, traffic volume will be regulated on Ashoka Road, Firoz Shah Road, Janpath, Barakhamba Road, Sikandra Road, Bhairon Road, Mathura Road, Subramaniam Bharti Marg, Dr Zakir Hussain Marg, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Marg, Panchsheel Marg, Rajesh Pilot Marg, Kamal Attaturk Marg, Shantipath, Maharshi Raman Marg, Mahatma Gandhi Marg, Bhishma Pitamah Marg, Sardar Patel Marg, Gurgaon Road, Aerocity and T3 Approach Road, Dhaula Kuan Flyover and Mehram Nagar Tunnel.
It is important to reduce the traffic volume on roads in New Delhi District and this can be achieved with support from corporations, organisations and individuals. Non-essential staff members can be directed to work from home, employees can be advised to use public transport and working hours can be staggered. Individuals can cooperate by using buses and metro rail for unavoidable travel plans, postponing avoidable travel plans and bypassing roads falling within New Delhi District, said the Delhi Traffic Police official.
Commuters travelling in the vicinity of New Delhi district could encounter possible delays and may wish to consider alternative routes, he said.
Meanwhile, the security agencies and Delhi police are on high alert in the national capital.
A senior official informed that recently a meeting was held to discuss security and possible threats during the four-day long event in which 195 countries are likely to participate and the ongoing festive season.
“The meeting was attended by senior officials of the Intelligence Bureau (IB), Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), Delhi Police and other concerned agencies. In the meeting, security was hotels where delegations will stay, travel route and security measures at the venue where the meeting will be held was discussed in details,” ANI quoted him as saying.
More than 4,000 Delhi police personnel from security units and others from Crime Branch, local police stations, para-military and reserve police personnel have been deployed for the security of the event scheduled to be held at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi between October 18-21. A control room has been set up for monitoring of CCTVs.
Security of hotels like The Lalit, Shangri-la, Hyatt Regency, The Imperial and other five-stars in New Delhi and South West Delhi areas have been taken over by Delhi Police.
“We have deployed Delhi Police personnel in and around hotels where delegations will stay during the event. Cops in plain clothes have also been deployed to keep watch on any suspicious movement or any unverified person at the locations,” he said.
The security of hotels and the venue has been taken over by the police from Saturday onwards.
A composite security system has been set up in and around Pragati Maidan and the JLN stadium event.
The General Assembly is Interpol’s supreme governing body, comprising representatives from each of the 195 member countries which meets annually.
Each member country may be represented by one or several delegates who are typically ministers, chiefs of police, heads of their Interpol National Central Bureaus and senior ministry officials.
(With inputs from ANI)