New Delhi, India: Delhi Police in India has asked all five-star hotels to prepare three-dimensional maps of their premises. The New Delhi district has 12-five star hotels. Police said they already have maps of these establishments, but a “3D tour” would enable them to plan operations in case of any contingency.
“This is part of our plan to upgrade security in hotels. We took these measures after the Mumbai attacks in 2008 when big hotels were targeted,” said V A Gupta, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, New Delhi. During the 26/11 Mumbai attack, securitymen lost crucial time in finding a proper route to get to the terrorists who had taken people hostage. Security personnel were caught off-guard when terrorists began hurling grenades at them.
“A copy of the 3D map will be in our possession and the other one would be with the hotel. If there is a hostage-like situation, our officers will know from where to enter, the shortest distance available to that place, whether there is a wall or a corner where commandos can take positions,” the police officer said.
Police said the proposal for a 3D map was taken up during a security review meeting, after the January 26 celebrations. “We keep doing security audit of all hotels in our area. Most hotels abroad have this facility. Although hotels have CCTV cameras, scanners and other equipment in place, this will give us an edge in providing security solutions,” the officer said.