Saturday, August 24, 2019

Very important, why not park at will

 Calcutta: Cars with beacons or boards announcing that they belong to one government agency or the other continue to flout parking rules with impunity outside the terminal building of the airport.

The violation continued a day after a parking marshal and the general manager of the agency that manages the airport parking lot were arrested for allegedly clamping a car of the Myanmarese consulate in Calcutta.

The impact of the arrest was, however, evident on Friday morning with parking marshals missing in action in front of the terminal building.

The vehicles — most of which had beacons, flags or stickers announcing their VIP status — were found parked at the arrival level causing inconvenience to ordinary people who get penalised for a similar violation.
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has put up signboards that read — “Fine Rs 400 beyond three minutes dwell time and seven minutes running time” — along the driveways on the airport premises but they seem to have no effect on these government and VIP vehicles.

“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.

Metro finds out how for the greater part of Friday the “VIP” vehicles flouted the parking norms.
24/08/19 Snehal Sengupta/Telegraph

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