d-y-patil-3The IPL matches are back in Navi Mumbai’s Dr. D Y Patil stadium in Nerul. The academy addressed a joint press conference with the Navi Mumbai Police and IPL Management on the preparations being done for the 4 matches scheduled in Navi Mumbai, reports Monika Bhosale. Navi Mumbai is going to be host to four matches in IPL’s 3rd season including the opening ceremony of the event and the finals. The dates of the matches are 12 March, 28th March, 24th April and 25th April. With two days of these four matches colliding with the election time, the Navi Mumbai police is ensuring that the law and order stays in check. To brief the media about the preparations, the Dr. D Y Patil Sports Academy addressed a joint press conference with the Navi Mumbai Police and IPL Management. Since security of players and VIPs is high on the list, the organizers are ensuring security to the T inside the stadium and in its neighborhood. The Navi Mumbai Police is coordinating with the railway police, anti terrorist squad and coastal security forces. A force of 2000 police personnel including SRPF, Thane and Pune police force personnel will man the match days with the Navi Mumbai police. Traffic zones have been earmarked for managing vehicular traffic and parking issues. Police will guard these zones to ensure that no robberies or thefts take place in the zones. The police is carrying out an awareness drive for information of public on these zones. The police have also appealed to those who will watch the match in the stadium to not carry water bottles or food. The organizers and police are yet to take a call on whether mobile phones should be permitted within the stadium on match days or not. The President of Dr. D Y Patil Stadium, Vijay Patil that this is a historic moment for Navi Mumbai as the match will be telecast live in 125 countries. He said that with the joint efforts of the state forces and the organizers, the show will be a grand one for Navi Mumbai. He also gave details on the matches scheduled for his stadium and the precautions taken by their academy for security. The highlight of the opening ceremony would be that captains of 7 IPL teams would be a part of the ceremony besides a host of dignitaries and VIPs who would add glitters to the ceremony. With cameraperson Abhay Prasad, Monika Bhosale for NMTV News.

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