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Tight security at Wankhede stadium

An unprecedented three-tier security cover to maintain vigil over land, air and water has been put in place in the metropolis, turning it into a fortress, ahead of today's World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka at the Wankhede stadium here.

Tournament: Huge success
International Cricket Council President Sharad Pawar yesterday termed the tournament as a "huge success" and "incident free". "In all respects the ICC World Cup is a huge success; in terms of spectators, TV viewership, the quality of cricket played so far," said Pawar. Pawar said but for the support of all the authorities of the three host countries - India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh - including their cricket boards, the tournament could not have been such a success.

India's President Pratibha Patil and President Mahinda Rajapaksa will watch the grand finale of cricket's biggest extravaganza at the 32,000-capacity stadium.

Apart from Mumbai Police, personnel of National Security Guards, Maharashtra's elite Force One, Rapid Action Force, State Reserve Police Force and Quick Response Team are maintaining a strict vigil at the venue. "Nearly 5,000 security men have been deployed for the mega event as part of unprecedented security measures, that I have never seen before in my career.

The security men and staff of stadium and the organisers would be issued biometric bar coded access cards," Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik said.

There would be a three-layer security checking of the ticket holders, he said, adding, "It would be good if the spectators reach the stadium three hours before the match begins. The entry and exit gates may be closed after 5 PM on the day of the match."

Anti-aircraft guns will be strategically put in place and all air bases near Mumbai, Indian Navy and Coast Guard have been put on high alert to thwart any possible air or sea-based attack. The airspace over and around the stadium has been declared a 'No Flying Zone', officials said. NDTV

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