Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Airport revises parking fees to end queue chaos

Lucknow: Parking a four-wheeler for less than 30 minutes at Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport in Amausi will now cost 50% less than earlier, but there’s a catch. A minute more will leave a motorist poor by Rs 85 if the vehicle is a hatchback or a sedan and by Rs 100 if it is an SUV.
These fee slabs were introduced from Tuesday to ease traffic congestion on the airport premises and also warns of a penalty of Rs 150 if vehicles are found parked in unauthorised areas. While there will no longer be a provision for tokens for those who come to pick or drop passengers, a halt of more than three minutes in the terminal area will invite the usual parking fee.
Earlier, parking at Amausi airport was managed by private agencies hired through tenders. Many avoided the designated parking lot to dodge the fee, which led to long queues of vehicles in front of the terminal gates.
To avoid the chaos, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has revised parking fees and regulations. The charge of parking a four-wheeler, which was earlier Rs 60, will now be Rs 30 for 30 minutes. The same for a two-wheeler has been slashed to Rs 10 from Rs 20.
However, an overstay for even a minute more will cost a car Rs 85, an SUV Rs 100 and a two-wheeler Rs 20. The rate will last for the next two hours after which the fee will increase by Rs 20/hour for four-wheelers and Rs 10/hour for two-wheelers
Since complaints of haphazard parking were common, the AAI has also raised the penalty by five times of the minimum parking fee. In other words, any vehicle standing in a no-parking zone will have to cough up Rs 150 (four-wheeler) or Rs 50 (two-wheeler) for the first 30 minutes after which the vehicle will likely be towed away.
03/07/19 Times of India 
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