World Cup takes off with fan frenzy, Bhubaneswar frills

However, there were spectators who felt such items were banned to ensure that nobody is able to throw anything from the gallery to the ground during the event.

Published: 28th November 2018 07:49 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th November 2018 01:00 PM   |  A+A-

captains of all the 16 participating teams with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan greets Naveen at the opening ceremony of Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup on Tuesday | Express

By Express News Service

BHUBANESWAR:  Cops deployed for security check at the entry gates of Kalinga Stadium for opening ceremony of the World Cup drew ire of spectators who were prevented from taking coins, pen as well as cosmetics inside the stadium.

Though people deposited these items with security staff while entering the stadium, most of them were unable to collect it after the show as these banned things were found strewn near the entry gates. Many said such inconvenience would have been easily avoided if the officials had disseminated the information about banned items properly.

However, there were spectators who felt such items were banned to ensure that nobody is able to throw anything from the gallery to the ground during the event.

Odisha Police stall unveiled at Fan Village
DGP Dr RP Sharma inaugurated the Odisha Police stall at one of the Fan Villages at Kalinga Stadium, the venue of Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup, on Tuesday. Modern weapons, arms, homing pigeons and dog squad of the State Police are on display at the stall for spectators who would visit Kalinga Stadium during the World Cup.

“Visitors can also witness Pigeon Service, the old communication system of Odisha Police  which is unique and difficult to find these days,” Dr Sharma said. Odisha Police’s homing pigeons date back to 1946 when India was under the British rule. The birds are of Homer species found in Belgium and are different from traditional pigeons as they have larger beaks and wattles, round heads, thicker napes and red eyes.

AR Rahman waves to the crowd

People visiting the stall can also have a glimpse of Odisha Police’s latest weapons and other arms which are mostly used by personnel of Special Operation Group (SOG) and cops in urban areas. Police personnel have also been deployed at the stall to address queries of visitors. Besides, Odisha Police’s pipe, brass and string band will also perform in front of the stall during the World Cup. “The bands will perform everyday before the matches commence and in the gap between the two matches,” a police official said. 

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Elaborate security at Barabati Stadium
Elaborate security arrangements have been made by the Commissionerate police for Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Celebrations event  at Barabati Stadium here on Wednesday.  Briefing mediapersons, Police Commissioner Satyajit Mohanty said the gates of Barabati Stadium would be opened for spectators at 2.30 pm. The event, which will include live performance by eminent music director AR Rahman and Bollywood star Salman Khan, would begin at 5.30 pm.

Arrangements have made for 35,000 spectators at the stadium, he informed. Speaking about the security arrangements, Mohanty said no spectator would be allowed to enter the stadium carrying water bottles/pouches, banners, flags, metal containers, radio, mirror, glass tumblers, bell, cigarette, beedi, matchbox, lighter, razor, scissor, knives, bags, briefcase, laptop, remote control device, musical instrument, transistors, helmets, fruits, biscuit packets and mirrors. However, women will be allowed to carry bags inside the stadium.  “While 50 platoons of force will be deployed in and around the stadium to maintain law and order, 300 police officers and 30 supervising officers will be engaged to monitor the security arrangements for smooth celebration of the event,” Mohanty added.

Mo Bus, Mo Cycle a hit
The ‘Mo Bus’ and ‘Mo Cycle’ services launched in the City ahead of the World Cup were a hit among the spectators during the inaugural ceremony of the mega sporting event. With vehicular movement regulated on Jayadev Vihar route, these modes of transport came to the rescue of thousands of people to reach the venue after parking their vehicles at the designated lots. However, some spectators had to walk all the way from the stadium to Nicco Park parking lot as buses were not available on the route. The online cab services were also not available because of restrictions on vehicular movement on the route.

Parking woes for people
Despite necessary arrangements by the Commissionerate Police, spectators were seen complaining about parking issues during the opening ceremony of Odisha Hockey Men’s Hockey World Cup on Tuesday. At Behera Sahi parking lot, the staff were found using only two hand-held ticketing machines which were not sufficient to cater to the mad rush of vehicles.

There was a long queue of people waiting inside the parking lot to receive their tickets. “The parking staff should carry more hand-held ticketing machines to save the time and energy of people,” a spectator complained. Apart from Behera Sahi ground, parking lots have been set up at Old AG Colony ground near Shastri Nagar, Nayapalli Durga puja ground, IDCO ground and Janata Maidan.


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