Chandigarh: The first eight minutes of free drive time at International Airport in Chandigarh is just a gimmick by the parking contractor. The Rs 60 parking fee ticket mentions that first eight minutes of dropping facility is free of charges but practically it is not possible to complete the dropping cycle in eight minutes.
As a result, every visitor entering the airport parking premises is finally forced to pay Rs 60 as parking fee as just dropping cycle requires a minimum of 15 minutes’ drive time to cover the distance. Public demands that either such rules must not be implemented or if airport authority tends to facilitate public, then it must be made practically feasible.
During a reality check made by Daily Post reporter, it was observed that after taking the parking ticket at the entry to the airport, the visitor after ascending on to the departure flyover took a minimum of 14 minutes if he rushes up the departure.
Colonel G S Brar from Faridkot, presently residing in Mohali when came to drop his relative, was seen arguing with parking staff at exit gate over the issue. Colonel Brar said, “It is just a waste to argue with such people. They are charging Rs 60 for just 15 minutes of stay at Airport premises and that also for just dropping the passengers at departures. They are making fool of public and no one is there to check.” The distance from parking fee counters to departure gates and then following back to the counters at exit point is nearly 800-meter drive. Then visitor also needs time to unload the vehicle of luggage to be taken by the passenger which further takes say about five minutes. The entire cycle, if rushed through, takes a minimum of 14 minutes to reach back the exit point which practically exceeds the prescribed eight-minutes time limit forcing the visitor to pay Rs 60.
When contacted, International Airport Chief Executive Officer Suneel Dutt said that if people find charges expensive, then they use other public services to reach airport. Otherwise if people want to see off their relatives and also greet them at departures, this will definitely take time and charges as applicable are to be paid.
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