Security awareness for CWC to intensify
residents near stadium must register vehicles for permits
Stabroek News
March 11, 2007

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The ICC CWC Local Organising Committee (LOC) in collaboration with the Guyana Police Force will intensify its awareness programme on a number of security issues in the coming days in preparation for the six Super Eight cricket matches to be played here from month end.

Contacted after yesterday's Security Sub-Committee meeting, LOC Chief Executive Officer Karan Singh told the Stabroek News that the security services are in a state of preparedness as it relates to traffic management, intelligence sharing, evacuation plans in case of emergencies and issues of security in general.

He said that in a short while the LOC, in collaboration with the police force, will publish guidelines and public notices in relation to restricted parking areas, no parking areas, restricted items and other matters.

The main function of the Security Sub-Committee is to ensure that certain security measures are put in place for the teams, officials, media and sponsors (TOMS) and the committee was well on stream in ensuring that those measures were in place. Plans are being implemented for the safety and security at the stadium. Match day security differs somewhat from national security for which there is a national security plan. The national security plan, which is not only specific to Guyana, has identified roles for several national security agencies among others. Each host venue had to come up with a security plan which was forwarded to the regional implementing body, Caricom Opera-tions, Planning and Coordinating Staff (COPACS) which was required to put together a regional plan.

At present Guyana's security rating in the ICC CWC is between blue and green. Security preparation has been colour-coded and green is the highest level.

Meanwhile, owners of vehicles residing in seven villages surrounding the Guyana National Providence Stadium are asked to register for vehicle permits to access the roads in the communities during the period that Guyana would be hosting the matches. The matches would be held in Guyana from March 28 to April 9.

The seven communities are Nandy Park, Republic Park, Bagotstown, Peter's Hall, Providence, Greenfield Park and Continental Park.

The LOC has said that "On match days only vehicles with a permit would be allowed entrance into the above communities."

To register, vehicle owners would need to take along their vehicle registration, proof of address and a form of identification (passport or national identification card). Registration is being done at the Office of the Eccles/ Ramsburg Neighbourhood Demo-cratic Council or the LOC Office at 91 Middle Street, South Cummingsburg, Georgetown. (Miranda La Rose)