Sunday, February 18, 2007

Unauthorised loaders harass passengers at Mumbai airport

Mumbai: Authorities of the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport have a new security issue to deal with—unauthorised loaders. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has lodged a complaint with the Sahar police station, stating that some 200 unauthorised loaders operating outside the airport force passengers to use the trolleys provided by them. They then charge the hapless passengers a ‘trolley tax’ of Rs 50 to Rs 100. The loaders, who are often in a group of 4-5 persons, target foreigners and families with children.
According to the complaint, these unauthorised loaders operate under the aegis of an organisation called Vimantal Hamal Ekta Sanghtana (VHES). The complaint further accuses them of various unauthorised activities like trespassing, entering restricted areas, pilferaging, damaging AAI property etc.
However, both the police and the AAI claim that resolving the matter is the job of the other party.
17/02/07 Mumbai Newsline
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