The India Post, Chandigarh, 24th December, 2008 :The Chandigarh Administration in its endeavor to make the city secure and safe for the tourists and visitors today convened a meeting for Security Requirements at Hotels (both Public and Private Sector) in Chandigarh. The meeting was chaired by UT Home Secretary-cum-Secretary Tourism, Mr. Ram Niwas today at Committee Room, UT Secretariat, Sector 9.
CCTV Cameras to be installed at the entry, exit, reception, underground parking and Front Parking, record of at least one month CCTV Camera’s footage to be maintained, Identity proof to be produced by every customer while check in, proper checking and examination of the luggage to be done with hand held metal detectors were among the major decisions taken in the meeting.
It was decided that if any individual bring weapons along, the entry has to be made by the Hotel staff with their license number. Decision was also taken to have Telephone equipments with facility of Caller ID to avoid Hoax Calls and to trace the phone from which the call was made.
Home Secretary in the meeting decided to initiate random Checks in the Hotels from January 20, 2009, till then all the suggestions and decisions taken up during the meeting must be complied by all the Hotels. The aforesaid steps will instill the sense of security in the minds of the tourists and guests, averred Mr. Niwas.
SSP, Mr. S.S. Srivastava during the meeting underlined various points which should be taken up by the Hotel owners to enhance the Security arrangements with in their respective hotels. The points include CCTV cameras with recording backup of 30 days, documentary proof of customer by obtained, DFMD/HHMD be installed for frisking of customers, installation of scanner for checking of luggage/articles, proper lighting arrangements in and around the hotel, proper liaison be kept with the local police, character verification of all hotel staff including trainees be done and hotel staff be briefed to remain extra alert. The above mentioned points if observed diligently would avoid entry of bad elements, added Mr. Srivastava.
President, Hotel and Restaurant Association, Chandigarh, Mr. Manmohan Singh in the meeting requested to train the Durbans and other staff members of the hotels by the Police Personnel, as they are not equipped with proper safety measures.
DIG HQRs, Mr. Mahabir Singh, MD CITCO, Ms. Niharika Rai, SP Traffic, Mr. H. S. Doon, Director Tourism, Mr. Samwartak Singh, GM Hotel Mountview, GM Hotel Shivalikview, DGM Hotel Parkview and representatives of Hotel Quality, Metro, Piccadily, Sun Beam, Himani, South End, Regency, Chandigarh, Taj, Pankaj, Monarch, President, Solitarie, Divya Deep, Park Inn, Lee Crown, Orange, KC Residency and Hotel Western Court attended the meeting.