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Cleared to open,Aerocity hotels install hi-tech security gadgets

Hotels have installed facial recognition systems,360-degree cameras and 3-D walk-through systems

Red Fox and Lemon Tree,two hotels in Aerocity which recently got partial clearance by Delhi Police to start operations,said they have installed state-of-the-art equipment to meet security requirements.

The hotels have installed facial recognition systems and 360-degree cameras. Besides,3D walk-through systems have also been installed,which will guide security forces to their target in case of an attack. Other security measures in place include under-vehicle surveillance systems,fish-eye cameras in the basement and a security control room to monitor all activities.

The authorities said the two hotels would open shortly.

Two months after J W Marriott Hotel became the first in Aerocity to start operations,Red Fox and Lemon Tree have been given partial clearance by Delhi Police to open dining and lodging services.

The hotels will be allowed to function with some pre-conditions. Rooms facing the runway will remain closed till they are cleared by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

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Together,there are 487 rooms in both the hotels. Only 336 have got security clearance. The rest face the runway and will remain closed till the DRDO clears them.

On December 20,Newsline reported that the two budget hotels had been given partial clearance to start operations. The hotels have suffered losses of nearly Rs 100 crore as security clearance got delayed.

“We had got licences from every agency by December 24 last year. Since then,we had been waiting for security clearance. Over all,we have suffered losses of Rs 100 crore,” Patu Keswani,Chairman and Managing Director of Lemon Tree Hotel Company,said.

On October 7,J W Marriott became the first hotel at the 43-acre project site to be given partial clearance by the security department of Delhi Police. The green signal for dining and lodging services was subject to the pre-condition that 105 of the 523 rooms in the hotel,which face the runway,would not open till bullet-proofing was in place. On November 21,the hotel announced its formal launch.

Following the clearance to Marriott,Red Fox and Lemon Tree asked Delhi Police to carry out an inspection. After two inspections,the two hotels were issued no-objection certificates for dining and lodging services. Authorities of the two hotels were told that they too could not let out rooms facing the runway without clearance from the DRDO.

Aerocity,a project owned by airport operator Delhi International Airport Limited,had plans for 5,400 rooms. Approved in 2007,it was to be ready in time for the Commonwealth Games in 2010. But it ran behind schedule and was red-flagged by Delhi Police in 2011 in view of its proximity to the runway. Police raised concerns,calling it a potential launch pad for militant attacks.