Vigilant security in place for Games

first_imgWatertight security has been put in place for the Asian Games with the organisers not willing to take any chances.There is constant vigil everywhere in the Asian Games.Given China’s superb arrangements during the Beijing Olympics, when the threat of disruptions from Tibetan protesters loomed large, there are fewer worries here. But there is constant vigil everywhere in the Asian Games city. Even when the road is empty, cabs follow the traffic signals as CCTV cameras are there at almost every position recording proceedings.”Everything is in place. After six years of hard work, I am pleased to announce that the preparatory work for the Asian Games has been completed,” announced Guangzhou vice mayor Xu Ruisheng.With more than 1,00,000 policemen on duty at various venues, the Games Village and the media centre, getting past security barriers is an exercise. However, the cops and volunteers seem better equipped as even if they speak broken English, they are courteous.”As the Guangzhou Asian Games will have the biggest ever number of athletes, officials and reporters in the history of the Asian Games, the security work has been a great challenge,” a statement from the Games security commission said.”The security panel has adopted effective and necessary measures to ensure a safe Games. We have done our best to provide a safe and favourable environment. We cannot take any chances. We want the Games to be a grand success and we want the world to remember Guangzhou for all the good reasons” said an official.advertisementThe officials are confident that the Asian Games will help transform the city into one of Asia’s top destinations, at par with Beijing and Shanghai. For the Games, a new railway station, trade centre, subway lines, housing projects, highways and bridges have been constructed.last_img

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