Delhi G20 Summit: 1.3 Lakh Security Personnel and Bulletproof Limousines Deployed

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Delhi readies for high-stakes G-20 summit next week with a city-wide high alert and robust security preparations for VIP attendees.

G20 Summit: Close Monitoring of Attendee and Venue Security. (Photo: AFP)

Delhi is on high alert as it prepares to host the G-20 summit next week. Approximately 1,30,000 security personnel will be deployed as India readies for its most high-profile guest list ever under its year-long G20 presidency.

Schools, government offices, banks, financial institutions, and commercial establishments in New Delhi will remain closed from September 8-10.

Elaborate security measures have been implemented to prevent infiltration, acts of terror, or sabotage. Over half of Delhi Police will be involved in providing security, with assistance from the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) and the elite National Security Guard (NSG).

The main venue, Pragati Maidan, will be guarded by a specialized team. The Indian Air Force will deploy integrated aerospace defense measures, including anti-drone systems, in collaboration with Delhi Police and paramilitary forces. Approximately 400 firefighters will be on standby.

Security control rooms are being established at the venue, and special arrangements have been made at key hotels like the ITC Maurya Hotel, where US President Joe Biden will stay.

All borders will be sealed, and 20 bullet-proof limousines, costing Rs 18 crore ($2.18 million), have been leased for ferrying leaders. Specially trained commandos from the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) will guard the dignitaries’ spouses.

The two-day summit, starting September 9, will feature prominent leaders such as US President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, and Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed Bin Salman.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to skip the meeting, while leaders from Japan, Australia, France, Germany, and others will attend. Russian President Vladimir Putin will be represented by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.”

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