'Delay in infrastructure development affects counter-terrorism ability'
ADMIN, 22-September-10 IST
What assurance is the Australian government giving all of you regarding security at the CWG?
We have received statements that the Games will be safe and secure.
However, advice to Australian travellers is to exercise a high degree of caution in India at this time because of the high risk of terrorist activity by militant groups.
It further states: Australians in New Delhi should be aware that the Commonwealth Games will be held in a security environment where there is a high risk of terrorism.
Perry Crosswhite of the Australia Commonwealth Games Association has stated: The ACGA remains of the view that there is an acceptable level of security being provided for our 2010 Commonwealth Games team in Delhi.
How prepared do you think India is to host the Games?
There is a lot of very well intentioned people on the ground and I personally have a lot of respect for the people of Delhi and the authorities of India.
However, the delay in infrastructure development affects the ability of counter-terrorism teams to train and plan contingencies for the sites, which in turn leaves little opportunity for interagency containment and offensive operations exercises on the ground.
I am concerned with issues of interagency communication at an incident, explosive ordinance search protocols that should have commenced for the lockdown of venues and facilities, the security vetting of workers, contractors and numerous persons that have access to sites and venues, and co-ordination of transport and administrative functions associated with the CWG.