Thursday, December 07, 2017

Strange custom at Ahmedabad airport: Pay only cash

Ahmedabad: The country’s vision of a cashless economy through digital payment crash lands at the Sardar Vallabhbhai International Airport. The Customs department at the city airport does not have any card swipe machine, forcing travellers arriving on international flights to pay Customs duty in cash. The limit of Rs 7,500 on Indian currency leave passengers scurrying for cash. They either have to request visiting relatives to lend some moolah, or have to leave their belongings behind and step out of the building to withdraw cash. To make matters worse, there is only one ATM outside the international terminal.

And, this is out of cash most of the time, allege passengers. Narrating his nightmarish experience, Hasmukh Sabhani who arrived from Oman on November 24, says, “I had a television which incurred duty of Rs 24,000. I had just Rs 7,000 in Indian currency on me. I asked the Customs official if they would accept payment by card. The officials told me that they did not have a swipe card. Refusing online transfer of funds, they insisted that I pay by cash.” Sabhani was allowed to leave the terminal to withdraw money from the ATM. However, the machine was out of cash. “I had to beg my taxi driver for help.
07/12/17  Alok Brahmbhatt/Ahmedabad Mirror