Details of lost valuables at Airports to be put on CISF portal

Last Updated: Monday, October 5, 2009 - 18:10

New Delhi: In a move that is expected to
benefit passengers who forget their valuable belongings at
airports, the CISF has begun to upload details of all such
items on its website to facilitate their recovery by

The paramilitary force, which looks after the security
of 57 airports across the country, will also upload details of
the relevant contact persons whom a passenger can approach to
claim his belongings.

As per records, this year up to August, unattended
belongings worth Rs 1.91 crore were handed over to passengers
whereas goods worth about Rs 6.16 crore were handed over to
the airport operators.

"Most of these costly items never reached back to its
rightful owners because of lack of information," CISF
Inspector General Ajit Singh Shekhawat said.

The CISF official said that these unattended or
forgotten items generally comprise costly items including
laptops, mobile phones, cash and jewellery.

Up till now Airport authority were auctioning such
unclaimed items three months after the date of recovery.

Though the CISF also collects several kilograms of
"prohibited items", which include pocket knives, metal
scissors, cartons of deodorant and perfumes every day, sources
said, such items would not be put up on the website as they do
not come under "valuables category"

Some of the major valuables recovered this year includes
a bag found from Kochi airport which contained items to the
tune of Rs five lakh.

In another such recovery made at Jaipur airport,
officials found over Rs two lakh cash from a bag.

"CISF facilitates the passengers to locate their lost
items and it is not responsible in case an item could not be
retrieved," another officer said.

Now, with the details being put up on the CISF website,
passengers can contact the relevant authority directly and
collect the valuable after giving necessary ownership proof.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, October 5, 2009 - 18:10

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