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Aerocity gets its first hotel, 11 more in queue

Luxury hotel chain JW Marriott on Thursday became the first hotel in Aerocity to open after security agencies raised concerns over the proximity of the complex to the runway, resulting in considerable delay and cost overrun.

 Eleven more hotels are now in the queue to get clearance.
Of the 523 rooms at the JW Marriott, 105 rooms are yet to get security clearance. With restrictions imposed by security agencies mounting over the six years since the project was first approved, the hotel has raised a 15-feet high wall in front of the swimming pool, initially meant to be an 'infinity pool' facing the runway.

Sushil Gupta, Chairman and Managing Director, Asian Hotels West Ltd, said: "We were always 650 metres away from the runway and about 200 metres from the hangar area. But we managed to overcome apprehensions and controversies, which threatened to delay the project. We are in the process of completing the remaining security requirements."