Cars gutted in Aero India fire: Special cell set up at venue for insurance claims

The State Transport Department has also opened a centre at the Yelahanka RTO to issue duplicate documents to those who lost them due to the fire.
Cars gutted in Aero India fire: Special cell set up at venue for insurance claims
Cars gutted in Aero India fire: Special cell set up at venue for insurance claims
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To aid people who lost their vehicles in the massive fire which broke out in one of the parking bays of Aero India airshow in Bengaluru on Saturday, a special insurance cell will be set up at the venue. At least 300 vehicles parked in parking area number 5 at the Yelahanka air base, the venue of the airshow, were gutted in the fire. A court of enquiry has been ordered to investigate the cause of fire.

The Ministry of Defence has put in a request with the Department of Financial Services (DFS) to set up the special cell that can expediently clear insurance claims. Some insurance companies have also opened up centres at the venue for the purpose, reported the New Indian Express.

“If the claims are handled systematically, owners can get the eligible insurance amount within seven to ten days, and the amount will be the same as what they had opted for in the insurance policy,” Lakshman, Senior Divisional Manager, United Insurance India told the newspaper.

In a tweet, Aero India organisers said that a helpdesk (9480801415, 080-22942536) for facilitating insurance claims has been set up.

But, claims will be given to those car owners who had opted for a comprehensive insurance policy as opposed to only “third-party” policies, an official said.

“However, the insurance claim is available to only those who have availed the comprehensive motor vehicle policy, which covers the property damage. Whereas, those who have taken only the third-party insurance policy are not entitled to claim any damage for their vehicles,” K Shashidhar, development officer, The Oriental Insurance Company, told Deccan Herald.

Even the state transport department has also opened a centre at the Regional Transport Office in Yelahanka to provide duplicate documents, including driving license and vehicle registration certificates. Persons seeking assistance can call 080-29729908/29729909; 9449864050 for this purpose.

To get the duplicate documents that were burnt, respective owners have to take a photograph of their burnt vehicle and register a complaint with the police. Owners have to then go to their insurer and seek their policy document. Based on this, the RTO will issue the Registration Certificate and other documents.

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