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The Taj reopened its Tower Wing, with 286 rooms. "We dedicateour reopening to the city of Mumbai as affirmation of the values ofcourage, resilience and dignity," said Raymond Bickson, managingdirector and CEO of the Indian Hotels Co. Ltd., in a statement.

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However, the main portion of the Taj will stay dark, and willreportedly take more than a year to repair. Also, the main portionof the Oberoi is also dark and being reconstructed; management wasable to open 100 rooms at its Trident portion of the Oberoi.

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Much stricter security measures are now in place, such as guestbag searches, metal detectors and armed guards. "Enhanced securitywill be in place to ensure the safety and comfort of guests andstaff," according to a statement on the Oberoi Web site. "The locallaw enforcement agencies have also been requested to extend allassistance." However, regardless of the new airport-likerestrictions and intrusiveness thrust on guests, developers havesaid they will not stop building in global hot-spots.

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Both hotels held parties for returning guests. Also, bothlocations have also formed public funds to help victims of suchthings as attacks and natural disasters at the properties. Forexample, the "Taj Public Service Welfare Trust" will be operated bya Board of Trustees that include ownership. The objective of thetrust is to "provide immediate relief to all victims of the recentattack, including to the families of those who were killed…Thistrust will continue to discharge its mandate in the coming years,specifically covering relief to victims of sudden acts of violence,natural disasters, and other tragic events."

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