The two luxury hotels targeted in the Mumbai terror attacks last month are re-opening amid tight security.
164 people died when gunmen ramapaged through the Oberoi-Trident and Taj Mahal hotels. The Trident sustained less damage than than its sister hotel the Oberoi. The two are connected by a bridge and the Trident tower section is again welcoming guests. “We felt very emotional,” said hotel customer Kritika Shrinivasan. “We had tears in our eyes because it felt so good to be back, to see the place open, to see all the employees and management, who are so warm, who are so hospitable, and they were literally welcoming us with open arms.” Strict security controls and surveillance systems have been put in place with armed guards scanning guests’ luggage as sniffer dogs patrol the grounds outside. Trident Hotel President Rattan Kewani said: “A lot more barricading and a lot more security will be seen by the customers, there was a fine variant between hospitality and security, but I think the variants will get bridged very quickly.” The tower wing of the nearby Taj Mahal Palace is also partially reopening. Militants from an outlawed Pakistan-based group with links to Kashmiri separatists are accused of staging the attacks that triggered a three-day siege, paralysing much of India’s commercial capital. Nine of the alleged gunmen were killed and one is in police custody.