Mumbai:Unprecedented security arrangements have been made for the Indian Premier League's (IPL) two semi-finals and the final match to be held at the DY Patil Sports Stadium in Navi Mumbai this week, a top police official said on Monday.
"Patrons wishing to attend the matches will not be allowed to carry anything inside the stadium, including bags, mobile phone or water bottles," Director-General of Police A.N. Roy told mediapersons Monday afternoon.
Following last week s blasts outside the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengalore, the two scheduled IPL semi-finals April 21 and 22, were shifted to Navi Mumbai. The final April 25 will be held here as per the original schedule.
Roy, who reviewed the security arrangements, said the vehicle parking facility will be some distance away from the venue, which has a seating capacity of 60,000.
"It is evident from the explosions in Bengalore that the IPL is on the hit-list (of terrorists) and accordingly, the requisite number of police personnel has been deployed at the venue," he said.
Besides frisking spectators at each of the nine entry points, there will be over 60 metal detectors, a contingent of State Reserve Police Force commandos and police in plainclothes.
A large number of closed circuit television cameras will keep an eye inside and outside the stadium while a huge contingent of armed private security personnel will supplement the police efforts.