Help assured to fire-hit traders

DUBAI — The Indian consulate said yesterday that it would try to help traders who have lost their livelihood in the massive blaze at the Naif souk recently.

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Published: Mon 7 Apr 2008, 8:47 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 4:46 PM

Indian Consul General Venu Rajamony, who had met with traders, told reporters at the sidelines of a Press conference, that they would also help Indian expats who lost their passports in the fire.

According to him, the traders have demanded alternative arrangements for their businesses. “We have requested a meeting with the Dubai Municipality to discuss alternative arrangements for the Indian traders. The traders have also asked for interim assistance,” he said.

The Municipality has, however, announced temporary arrangements for traders which would be completed within two months.

The Indian consul said he had also appealed to the UAE Red Crescent Society to provide interim assistance.

A copy of the passport, media advertisement and police report are mandatory while applying for new passports. However, the consulate has also consented to waive off the requirement of a media advertisement. The consul-general said that a collective police complaint would suffice and nationals who don’t have a passport copy could provide their passport number while applying.

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