Biometric scanning & bulletproof glasses must for hotels in Aerocity

Written by Rajat Arora | Debabrata Das | New Delhi | Updated: Mar 26 2013, 07:52am hrs
Hotels coming up in Aerocity, the sprawling complex next to the GMR-run Delhi International Airports Terminal 3, will have to put in place stringent security measures like biometric scanning before they are given permission to start operations. This would be one of the first such exercises being implemented in the countrys hospitality industry that remains vulnerable to terrorist activities.

Documents from the home ministry reviewed by FE show that hotels will need to control access with biometric entry passes/card reader systems. It will be the responsibility of the management of the hotel/building to install biometric card readers and issue entry cards to all its employees, the note from the home ministry stated.

Before employing people, the hotel staff would need to obtain security clearances from the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security or BCAS. The records would need to be maintained and shared with the Delhi Police.

Hotels would also need to install bulletproof glasses on windows facing the runway and restrict access to the rooftops.

The stringent conditions are likely to put an additional investment burden on the hoteliers.

The additional investment burden would hurt us as these costs had not been factored in when beginning the project, said a senior official of a company building a hotel in the Aerocity. However, once the operations begin, with the

demand that is expected to be generated, we feel things will normalise and the additional investment will be justified.

Aerocity was part of the modernisation plan of the Indira Gandhi International Airport at Delhi, which was cleared by the civil aviation ministry.

The hotel complex was the largest addition to the inventory of hotels in the city since the 1982 Asian Games and nearly 5,100 rooms would be added. The complex had 10 plots for hotels and three for retail space and a convetion centre in the 43-acre land. The total investment in the project is estimated to be close to R8,000 crore and the complex will be built on the lines of the Changi airport in Singapore and US Newark airport. Four hotels, Lemon Tree, Red Fox, Ibis and JW Marriott, are nearing completion and expect to open later this year.