As India gears up to host the G20 event later this year, preparations are underway to ensure that the international visitors don’t face any obstacles on the road. The Noida traffic police personnel are undergoing soft skills training to ensure a glitch-free movement during the event, which is tentatively proposed to be held in Greater Noida either during the end of August or the first week of September.
The global event is being held this year under India’s presidency, and around 200 guests from various countries and the European Union are expected to attend.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Anil Kumar Yadav said that around 250 personnel, including 150 constables and 100 sub-inspectors, will be trained in soft skills like spoken English and polite behavior with international guests who are expected in August-September. “Besides the core policing of traffic management, the idea is to deploy those with better soft skills at front-end positions so they can communicate with the guests if needed,” Yadav told PTI. So far, around 70 sub-inspectors and some constables have started their soft skills training, and once done with that, their duties during the G20 event will be decided.
The traffic police have already finalised deployment, worked on a parking plan, security arrangements, and other minute aspects related to the event to ensure the smooth execution of the programs. During the G20 event, quick response teams (QRTs) will be deployed at crucial locations to tackle any congestion or traffic snarls on the roads. Additionally, security checks at border areas, including Noida-Delhi border, will be enhanced.
“Our initial deployment will be at the Delhi airport itself. We will be setting up a helpdesk there to address any query of the guests. The guests will be provided with a pilot and an escort vehicle during their journey from Delhi to the venue in Greater Noida. A traffic personnel will be on board their bus/vehicle for assistance,” Yadav said.
For the venue, it has been planned that the parking space will be allotted to visitors country-wise so that there is no confusion, and dignitaries experience convenience.
Officials have also made arrangements for traffic management in case delegates wish to go towards Agra and Mathura, two popular tourist destinations in Uttar Pradesh, or go for sightseeing in Noida. Alternatives routes and diversions have also been planned and kept on standby in case of high traffic during the movement of the international delegates.
According to Yadav, the traffic police are collaborating with local authorities in Noida and Greater Noida to enhance the infrastructure of the twin cities bordering Delhi, such as lighting, camera surveillance, and other amenities.
Yadav further stated that all the cameras in Noida are currently in operation, and the integrated traffic management system is already functioning. Moreover, Greater Noida is taking steps to install cameras in critical areas. Additionally, there is ongoing coordination and dialogue with the Delhi Police.
“All cameras in Noida are already functional and ITMS (integrated traffic management system) is operational. Greater Noida has also started working on getting cameras installed on key stretches. There is regular coordination and discussion with Delhi Police also,” he added. (With inputs from PTI)