Sunday, August 25, 2019

Lens on Calcutta airport parking rule

Calcutta: Many fliers using Calcutta airport allege that they are facing inconvenience because of the parking rule implemented by the authorities that allows a vehicle to stop for only three minutes in front of the terminal building.

Airport sources said in the last couple of weeks, after the new agency has been given the contract to operate vehicle parking, at least five passengers on an average every day would come to the terminal manager’s office complaining that they were wrongly slapped fine of Rs 400.

Signboards that read “Fine Rs 400 beyond three minutes dwell time and seven minutes running time” have been put up along the driveways on the airport premises. “Dwell time” refers to how long a vehicle can remain in front of the terminal building without paying any fee and “running time” denotes the time taken to travel to and from the terminal.

“This new parking rule is creating a practical problem for passengers. Many passengers are coming to us and alleging that the three-minute dwelling time is too little as it often takes more than that to load or unload luggage in a vehicle. Those needing wheelchair are also facing a big problem,” said an airport official.

The new agency, Mahesh Sunny Enterprises, has deployed marshals who are checking tokens given to vehicles by the contractor’s staff while entering the premises of the airport. If a vehicle is seen to be dwelling more than three minutes is slapped a fine of Rs 400.
25/08/19 Sanjay Mandal/Telegraph

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