Town Hall?s drive grounds tourists

Tourists have have to wait for offices to be de-sealed so that they can collect their passports, visa documents and air tickets, reports Kanu Sarda.

india Updated: Apr 13, 2006 02:16 IST
Kanu Sarda

The MCD’s sealing drive has not even spared the tourists. Some of the travel agencies in Karol Bagh from where they had booked their tickets were operating from non-conforming areas.

These agencies were sealed last week. Now these tourists have no option but to wait for the MCD to de-seal the offices so that they can collect their passports, visa documents and air tickets.

This is going to be a problem for most of them. Some of them have been forced to reschedule their trips because of the action.

Neeta Sharma, an NRI, had to rush to Berlin to visit her brother-in-law who is bed-ridden. "I needed an airline ticket to go to Berlin and had approached Jumbo Tourism Co Pvt Ltd on Arya Samaj Road for booking my tickets. The agent now tells me that his office has been sealed. My passport and all other documents are still inside. I don’t know when will I be able to get my papers back," said Sharma.

Kanwaljeet Singh who runs Star Airways Travel Agency, located on the same road, is busy giving assurances to his clients that he would get their passports and other travel papers back once the civic agency de-seals his office.

"My office was sealed on April 1. I get more than 50 calls in a day from harried tourists, whose tickets and passports have been sealed inside. I have no other option but ask them to wait for some more days," said Singh.

On footpath despite filing affidavit

For Ajay Gautam, a garment exporter in Karol Bagh, the sealing of his shop also sealed his fate. Though he filed an affidavit on April 4, no action with regard to de-sealing of his shop has been taken as yet.

"Everyday, I come and sit in front of my shop in the hope it would be de-sealed. But everyday I return home disappointed," said Ajay, echoing the sentiments of several traders in the area, who want their shops to be de-sealed so that they can offload their stock.

First Published: Apr 13, 2006 02:16 IST