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Now, punch in before entering bars at Sahara Mall

Visitors to bars at the city's Sahara Mall are being asked to register their entry through a biometric device. Deevakar Anand reports.

gurgaon Updated: Jul 03, 2012 00:32 IST
Deevakar Anand

Visitors to bars at the city's Sahara Mall are being asked to register their entry through a biometric device.


Though shops at the mall close by 11 pm, the biometric attendance system has been put in place for the visitors between 11 pm to 1.30 am, the peak hours for bar visitors.

All those who come to the Sahara Mall bars have to punch their thumb in the computerised machines, which also records the visitor's photograph. The machine can store up to 5,000 persons' records, after which the data is stored in a hard disk.

The mall management was prompted to install the biometric machine in the wake of increasing incidents of brawls and crimes against women. Sahara Mall, one of the city's oldest on the Mehraulli-Gurgaon (MG) Road houses five bars on its third floor. The spot earned a bad name due to frequent criminal cases in the recent past.

Over the last two months, sophisticated CCTV cameras have been installed, quick response teams of guards have been formed, and trained men have been deployed to monitor the control room screens.

“The measures have proved as deterrent for trouble mongers as now they fear about being caught by the police,” said JK Gupta, head of the property management cell at Sahara Mall.

While the safety measures have instilled confidence among women, bar managers rue that the footfalls have declined.