Rajesh B. Nair

PUDUCHERRY: As hotels in Puducherry are getting a steady flow of tourists in the recent months, police have intensified its effort to sensitise the hoteliers to the need to provide adequate security checks and surveillance of guests.

In its second such meeting with hoteliers in the recent months, the territorial police on Tuesday held a sensitisation programme for the managers of 20 high-end group hotels situated in the town and suburban area.

Senior Superintendent of Police (Law and Order) B. Srikanth told The Hindu that flow of domestic and international tourists to the town had increased during recent months making it necessary for hotels to curb all security loopholes. “We are seeing a steady rise of tourists. So all necessary steps have to be taken not to use our area for anti-national activity,” he said. Majority of the 20 hotels participated in the meeting informed that they have installed Closed Circuit Television cameras, he said, adding that hotel owners were asked to install CCTVs in the first security review meeting held a few months ago. “We are happy to know that they installed CCTVs,” he added.

The hotel owners have been asked to provide the sketches of their premise, provide metal detectors at the entrance, round the clock security officers and to check the antecedents of staff. They have been asked to install x-ray machines to screen luggage and restrict entry of vehicles. The staff should inspect the vehicles parked at the lot, Mr. Srikanth said.

Any suspicious movement of the guests should be properly monitored and reported to the nearest police station. “We have also asked them to submit the C-form that provides details of the foreigners staying at the hotel. At present the form is manual but we are planning to have it on-line,” he said. As a general security measure, the hoteliers have been asked to establish a crisis management committee and appoint a staff to liaison with the police. Similarly, they should ensure that fire exits are properly marked and extinguishers properly maintained. It was also the responsibility of hoteliers to ensure that smoke detectors are maintained properly, the Senior Superintendent of Police informed.