Security has been tightened at the Andhra Pradesh Bhawan following reports that Maoists operating in that state planned to target the building and VIPs staying there.
The decision to beef up security at Andhra Bhawan was taken at a high-level meeting held recently, state government sources said.
The new measures include an increased presence of security officials at VIP areas, erection of metal detectors at the entrance gates and frisking of those entering the building, they said.
Entry to the canteen, one of the most popular south Indian eateries in the capital, will be controlled by erecting barricades and limited to a particular gate.
A reception counter will also be set up at the main gate to record details of visitors to the Bhawan, they said.
Production of photo identity cards will be made mandatory for members of various Telugu associations who throng the Bhawan during weekends to watch film screenings.
Reports in a section of the Telugu media indicated that Maoists recently conducted a recce at the Bhawan to carry out an attack in the wake of the killing of state Maoist secretary Madhav alias Chinnaiah in a gun battle with police in Nallamala forests.