Thursday, December 21, 2017

Cop blueprint to solve airport parking mess

Kolkata: Bidhannagar Police has made a slew of suggestions to the airport authorities to minimize logjam at the exit kiosks and ensure there is no further brawls among parking fee collectors and motorists.
The suggestions include installation of two digital clocks at entry and exit gates, deployment of attendants at the end of the car queue and installation of automated parking barriers. The parking fee collection booths remained unmanned for the fourth consecutive day since five attendants were arrested for allegedly assaulting actors Koushik and Riddhi Sen late on Saturday night.
To ensure motorists don't take undue advantage of the scenario, policemen and CISF personnel were posted outside the terminals to ensure cars did not linger unnecessarily for longer period that it takes to pick or drop someone.
The airport authorities are now worried about sorting the situation so that the kiosks can reopen. "The parking agency had given us a letter stating that cops were harassing them and have shut down their business. We have forwarded the letter to the officers of NSCBI Airport police station and have asked the agency to return. But they are refusing to come back fearing more arrest," said Atul Dikshit, the airport director.
Vinod Dwivedi of the agency — SS Enterprise — alleged that cops are allegedly threatening to arrest anyone who turns up for duty. "We are losing around Rs. 4-5 lakhs every day. We have to pay Rs. 1.3 crores every month to the AAI. We cannot leave the airport right now as we have a 1 year lease but the atmosphere is not congenial for us to operate smoothly," said Dwiwedi.
21/12/17 Tamaghna Banerjee and Subhro Niyogi/Times of India