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



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 claimants.

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