Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Cops help stranded passengers at airport

Ahmedabad: Ever since a partial lockdown has been imposed in Ahmedabad to curb further spread of COVID-19, the movement of all public transport vehicles including cabs and autorickshaws has been strictly restricted. The restricted movement of vehicles would have hampered movement of scores of travellers who landed at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) airport in Ahmedabad on Tuesday, however, Ahmedabad city police officials came to their rescue by issuing special permission to private cabs to ferry passengers.

With no cabs and private vehicles available at the airport, a number of passengers who did not have someone picking them up, were left hassled and confused on how to get home. “We saw several passengers walking hassled around the airport when we realized that they are unable to move due the restriction on movement of cabs as well as other modes of public transport. The ACP and DCP took a decision to issue special permission to cab drivers to ferry the passengers,” said K C Rathwa, police inspector, Airport Police Station.

“We contacted a few cab drivers who are regularly visiting the airport and they later informed other cabbies to help passengers move to their destinations. A special letter was issued to each cabbie by the police station, enabling one to move in the city only to drop the concerned passenger and return to the airport, based on which several passengers were sent home,” Rathwa further added.
25/03/20 Niyati Parikh/Times of India

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