Three–layered food checking
The food and drinking water to be served to US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle during their stay at the ITC Maurya will pass through three layers of stingent checking. While the super–luxury Maurya has its own team of food–testing experts, the food to be served to the US president and his wife will be checked by a Delhi Police team and filly by a team of US Secret Service agents before it is served. The process of testing the food will be completed 15 minutes before it is to be served to Obama.
ITC Maurya has hand–picked a team of 50 expert staff who will look after US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle during their three–day stay at the super luxury hotel.
All phone lines at ITC Maurya will be monitored by the Delhi Police and US Secret Service from January 24 evening, a day before US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle arrive for their three–day stay in India.
“All the telephone lines, including the interl phone lines of the hotel, will be monitored by the Delhi Police staff, and no staff member will be allowed to carry or use mobile phones during the time the US president is staying at the hotel,” a security source told IANS. On January 25, the hotel staffers and helpers who come to the hotel will have to deposit their mobile phones, other electronic items and belts with the hotel security.
They will have to undergo a thorough screening and their shoes will also be checked by the Delhi Police and US Secret Service.
Hotel chefs told to stay put
ITC Maurya has cancelled the leave of its top chefs and asked them to stay put in the hotel during the time. The chefs who specialize in cooking continental cuisine have been told to remain within the hotel during the VVIP visit. Around 50 chefs specialize in continental cuisine in the hotel, according to inside sources. The hotel, which has over 430 rooms, has been fully booked by the US team till January 27.