The hotels being developed in Aerocity — a hospitality district near Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) — might have to change their promotion strategy if the security agencies have their way.
If allowed to operate, the hotels in the Aerocity will not be able to promise a view of the airport to its guests.
After recommending installing bulletproof glasses in hotel windows and several other security measures, the security agencies have now proposed to construct a boundary wall around the airport side of the hospitality district.
Though the height and width of the wall has not been decided yet, sources claimed it will be high enough to block the view of the airport from the hotel rooms.
Following uproar over the security threat it will pose once operational, a committee was formed to assess the security implications of the hospitality district.
Representatives from the Delhi Police, Airports Authority of India, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Central Industrial Security Force and Bureau for Civil Aviation Security had gone to observe security arrangements at foreign airports. They have suggested constructing a boundary wall.
“We do not want the Aerocity to have anything to do with the airport. The guests must use NH-8 to access the hotels and the authority should not keep any entry or exit point at the tunnel road, which is on the airport side. By building a boundary wall along with the hospitality district, we will ensure no spillover of the traffic on the airport road. It will also block the view from the hotels and this will minimise the threat to airport security,” said a source, who was part of the five-member committee.
As per rules, airport boundary wall should be eight-feet high. A tunnel road separates the airport boundary wall and hospitality district and if the proposal is approved, the guests will have to use Mahipalpur Road or NH8 to reach the Aerocity.
In July 2011, the Delhi Police had raised objection regarding the construction of hotels. The police had conducted a security audit and found that once constructed, Aerocity would be a security hazard due to its proximity to the runway.