It seems all is not hunky dory at FCB Ulka’s Delhi office. The agency’s Delhi office has been sealed and its people have been forced to work from various makeshift arrangements. It may be recalled that the agency was in the news recently when the Interpublic Group (IPG) acquired 100 per cent stake of FCB Ulka, which would eventually be known as Draft FCB Ulka.
It is learnt that the reason for sealing of the Delhi office is that it is located in the premises of Chandiwala Estate at Kalkaji, which has been granted for charitable work or for an NGO, and any kind of commercial activity is prohibited on that land. A Supreme Court Monitoring Committee has raised objection to the commercial activities being carried out from that premises, which houses several other offices as well.
An FCB Ulka spokesperson clarified, “The sealing is not FCB Ulka specific; it has been done for all the companies operating at Chandiwala Estate. We have filed a petition at the Court for a reprieve and are hopeful that it will be granted soon.”
He further said, “We have made alternate arrangements so that the critical work does not suffer, and all our clients have been extremely supportive.”
At the time of filing the story, it was learnt that another office, which is in the same building as FCB Ulka, was given a de-sealing order. However, it is only a temporary reprieve for the office to move out its belongings. One thing is clear that any kind of commercial activity cannot be carried out from Chandiwala Estate, so temporary reprieve or not, FCB Ulka will have to find a new address for itself.
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