The story of the 2010 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony this evening could be summarised in three numbers – eighteen, three and nineteen.The home ministry on Saturday issued an 18-point advisory meant for the thousands of spectators expected to throng the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.It asked them to arrive at the venue at least three hours ahead of the 7 pm start and to be prepared to navigate an incredible 19 security checkpoints before they reach their designated seat. Also, visitors would be better off travelling by the Metro rather than getting their own cars.The home ministry said, “If you are travelling by a car with an authorised ‘ vehicle access pass’, you will be required to alight at a designated point. You must walk the remaining distance to the entry gates. At the end of the competition, you must be prepared to walk to the designated parking lot and get into your car.”Delhi Police commissioner Y.S. Dadwal said: “Once they reach the venue, visitors will be thoroughly frisked. So it is advisable that they reach the stadium at least three hours ahead of the opening ceremony. There will be 19 security checkpoints and it would take time to cross them.” You might be further delayed if you carry even one of the 65 banned items on the Delhi Police’s Do Not Carry list. Some of the items on the list include alcohol, matchboxes, chewing tobacco, toy guns, eatables (except baby food), handbags for women, umbrellas, laptops, perfumes, musical instruments, balloons, radio sets, a whistle or a horn, animals, flags, darts and motorbike helmets.advertisementOn the bright side, you can carry your mobile phone and your newspaper. There’s more bad news, though. The advisory says that the flap barrier (an electronic gate similar to those placed at Metro stations) and the radio frequency card readers at the venue may fail at times. This would force the police personnel to manually check each and every card and ticket for authenticity.”It is possible that the flap barrier or the RF reader may fail sometimes, for a few minutes, owing to technological glitches,” the advisory says. “In such a case, the security personnel will do a thorough manual check of the person, the ticket and the accreditation card and you must be prepared to subject yourself to the manual check.”It adds: “If there is a manual check of ticket-holders/accreditation card holders, your wait in the queue may get longer. You are advised to kindly put up with the inconvenience.” The scary part? If the flap barriers and radio frequency identification systems work but are unable to ‘read’ your ticket in two attempts, you will not be allowed inside the venue. “The security at all venues during the Commonwealth Games has been laid down after considerable thought and examination of possible loopholes,” Dadwal said. “It is designed to be a multi-layered, multi-dimensional arrangement.” It could well be. Dadwal said 28,387 policemen have been deployed for the Games at the 41 Games venues, includ-ing 12 competition venues. Moreover, 195 companies of paramilitary forces will be in-charge of securing the Games. The Indian Air Force will provide air cover to thwart any terror attack. “It is a great challenge for Delhi Police, and we will leave no stone unturned,” Dadwal said. For the police, the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium would be nothing short of a fortress on Sunday evening.The premises are divided into ‘inner’ and ‘outer’ venues, each headed by a venue commander of the rank of additional commissioner of police. Each zone is then divided into six zones and every zone would have eight sectors. Each of these sectors would be manned by 30 police personnel. No exceptions would be made, Dadwal said, citing the example of Union home minister P. Chidambaram being frisked at venues.”Delhi Police will have its own SWAT team (Special Weapons and Tactics) in three light armoured troop carrier (LATC), in addition to the NSG commandos,” he said. Though the police commissioner said there was no specific input about any terrorist attack on the Games, the police would keep strict vigil all over the city. “Besides, officials of national disaster response force would thwart any chemical or biological terror possibilities,” he said.