Gulmarg Gondola Lift: Gulmarg Gondola is once again in the news. Actually, another group of tourists has been caught with fake tickets at the checking point. A group of 10 tourists from Kolkata were caught by the ticketing squad at Gulmarg Gondola for possessing fake tickets. The scam has badly affected the Gondola project as genuine tourists are finding it very difficult to buy tickets for the ride.
Riyaz Ahmad Makai, in-charge of Gulmarg Gondola operations, said the new incident took place at 3 pm on Friday (April 28) when tourists reached G1 station to board the gondola. “Upon examining their tickets, the officials found that out of 18 tickets, only 8 were valid, and the remaining 10 were fake. The tickets had no record in the actual database and it was later learned that the tourists had bought them at a local ticket office in Kolkata. Purchased from the seller through a tour company called Maa Tara Tours & Travels.”
police started investigation
Riyaz Ahmad Makai also said that the matter was immediately reported to Gulmarg SHO Irshad Ahmad, who has initiated an investigation to identify the culprits behind the fake ticket racket. “The management of the Cable Car Corporation has taken a firm stand on the matter by adopting a zero-tolerance policy against such acts.”
Tourists came through Kolkata’s tour company
He said, “The group of tourists came through a tour company named Maa Tara Tours and Travels South Dari Road Kolkata 48, which facilitated them to buy these tickets from a local vendor in Kolkata.”
first of its kind
The statement further said, this case is the first of its kind, as these tourists were caught with fake tickets. These tickets do not exist in the actual records. The matter was immediately sent to the police for investigation so that action could be taken against those selling fake tickets. The management of the Cable Car Corporation has adopted a zero-tolerance policy towards such matters.
Don’t be fooled by touts
The authorities have requested the general public and tourists in particular not to fall prey to touts and miscreants. Online booking of tickets has been done only for the convenience of the people and to provide better facilities to the tourists.
Earlier on April 27, 11 Gujarati tourists and a local guide were arrested with fake tickets. While on April 14, at least 28 tourists from Mumbai were found with fake gondola tickets. After this incident, the authorities started strict action against the agent and the local guide Nexus.
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