J&K Hotel Confines AP Tourists as Agent Runs Off Without Paying Bills | Visakhapatnam News


SRIKAKULAM: About 240 tourists from various parts of Srikakulam were forcibly confined to their hotel in the town of Katra, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, on Wednesday after their travel agent fled without paying hotel bills. The hotel management insisted that tourists pay the bills up to 5 lakh before leaving and did not allow them to leave until payment was cleared.
The issue was resolved following intervention by Srikakulam K MP Rammohan Naidu, who received a call from some of them asking for help. Naidu in turn called Union Tourism Minister G Kishan Reddy and requested his intervention. Soon the local police came to the hotel and asked the hotel management to allow tourists to leave, while assuring them that they would look into the matter and make sure they received their dues. the wandering travel agent.
The pilgrims had booked the Vaishno Devi package through an HM Akul, a New Delhi-based travel agent, and had paid the money in advance for their plane tickets, hotel reservations, tours tourism, etc. Most of them are from Srikakulam town and areas like Palakonda, Narasannapeta, Amudalavalasa and Sompeta in Srikakulam district, and Cheepurupalli in Vizianagaram district.
Tourists forced their way out of the hotel and staged a rasta roko, resulting in massive traffic jams and forcing the local DSP to rush to the scene and appease them.
There were also four people from Bangalore in the group. After visiting Vaishno Devi Shrine and other tourist spots, they reached Katra on Tuesday where they were staying at the Panchavati Continental Hotel.
The ordeal began when they left the hotel on Wednesday morning.
Hotel management refused to allow them to leave, claiming their travel guide disappeared without paying the bills and that they had to clear the amount first before leaving.
“We paid the travel agency 60,000 per couple. We did our best to convince the hotel authorities that we had paid for everything in advance, even showed them proof of payment, but they were adamant. We risked missing our flights. It was their job to collect the money from the travel agent, as they have to deal with such people on a daily basis, but they blamed us, ”said a K Srinivasa Rao from Srikakulam.
Tourists forced their way out of the hotel and staged a rasta roko, resulting in massive traffic jams and forcing the local DSP to rush to the scene and appease them. At that time, some of them managed to inform the MP for Srikakulam of their plight, who alerted the Union Minister of Tourism, who instructed the local police to resolve the issue.
After being confined to the hotel lobby for almost three hours, the tourists were finally allowed to leave and are now on their way home.


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