Odisha: `900 ticket costs `5k on black market, cops have no idea | Cuttack News

CUTTACK: Black marketing of India-South Africa T20I match tickets was reported at various locations in the twin city after all passes were sold out in just 15 minutes on Thursday. Black merchants would sell the tickets at high prices in several grocery stores and pan shops near the Barabati stadium.
So far, neither the Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) nor the police have taken any action against the issue. OCA authorities said that for a total of 12,093 tickets available for sale at nine ticket offices, more than 40,000 people were waiting in line. Many returned home discouraged, empty-handed.

The South African squad arrive on the pitch for a net session

After failing to buy a ticket at the box office despite spending the previous night near the stadium, Kendrapada resident Rayashree Nayak approached on a Black Friday. “Black charged 5000 rupees for a gallery ticket, which costs 900 rupees,” Nayak said.

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A ticket for the T20 international match sold for Rs 5,000 on the black market

While tickets for Galleries 1, 3 and 5 cost Rs 900 each and passes for Galleries 2 and 4 cost Rs 700 each, they were priced at Rs 5,000 and Rs 3,500-Rs 4,500 respectively, at the black market. Corporate tickets which cost Rs 7,000 were sold at Rs 15,000 each.
OCA Secretary Sanjay Behera said: “Police should take action against black traders,” Behera added.
Cuttack DCP Pinak Mishra said, “We haven’t received any complaints so far. We will look into the matter and take action if anyone is found guilty.

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