Assam CM orders probe into ticketing scheme

 Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Friday ordered a probe into the ticketing scheme for the 12th South Asian Games which is being co-hosted by Guwahati and Shillong.

Deccan Herald had reported how spectators were finding it difficult to buy tickets for the events in Guwahati from both the counters and the online portal.

“I have asked the chief secretary to probe why there are empty stands in most of the SAG venues despite tickets being sold online,” tweeted CM Gogoi.

Assam chief secretary VK Pipersenia will lead a one-member inquiry team to probe into the matter, according to official sources.

While the Games organising committee stated massive online bookings as the reason for unavailability of tickets across the counters, the stands remained empty for major portion of the Games including the finals.

“Although e-ticketing facility has been extended and the organising committee have opened ticket counters, the spectator turnout has been very discouraging. It has been brought to our notice that when they tried booking online tickets the website showed tickets were sold out. We have decided to probe into this matter,” Gogoi later added in a press statement.

The games organising committee, meanwhile, have denied all the allegation raised stating that the ticketing scheme was under check and that the tickets for events including the closing ceremony were available for the spectators.

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