Police sources said the hotel management has written to them for the NOC to apply for a lodging licence and start operations.
“Since the area’s security plan has been finalised, we request you to consider the issue of ‘NOC’ at an early date so that we can get our lodging licence... Since the hotel industry requires training of employees before an hotel can be opened, we have already employed over 500 people and, every day, we are incurring heavy losses...,” the letter states.
Police said clearances in such matters take time. “The local police will now carry out inspections to see if the hotel authorities have complied with the conditions laid down by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS). Once we are convinced all security measures are in place, we will issue the NOC. After that, they will apply for a lodging licence. It’s a sensitive matter and takes time. Until then, the hotel cannot start functioning,” a senior police officer said.
Earlier, the hotel received conditional clearance from BCAS, which said the hotel authorities would have to meet certain conditions keeping in mind the security issues before applying for licence.
According to the police, one of the conditions was that all the rooms facing the runway and the ARC hangar be closed and card readers installed. The doors of the rooms should be sealed and alarm systems installed to prevent any unlawful entry into the rooms.
Another condition was passages leading to the top floor and the rooftop be blocked and access allowed only under supervision. A third condition was that entry to the balcony on the sixth floor be shut and sealed, and rooms facing the runway be secured with bulletproof glasses. The hotel claims to have fulfilled all the conditions.