Wednesday, September 30, 2020

‘Sanitisation fee’ at Chandigarh international airport riles taxi, car owners

Chandigarh: Private vehicles and taxi operators are feeling the heat while entering the Chandigarh international airport as they are forced to shell out extra money for sanitising their vehicles to fight the novel coronavirus.

Many car owners, especially women, have alleged they have been forced to pay Rs 30 per vehicle when they have gone to pick up their family members from the airport at the entry point.

Seema Dhillon, the wife of an army officer, said, “I was surprised when I stopped at the entry point and a man started sanitising my vehicle door handles. He then handed me a receipt of Rs 30. When I asked him the reason, he showed me a notice pasted on the counter saying ‘pay Rs 30 for sanitization of vehicles’. This is a forced payment.”

Similarly, the taxi operators too have to pay the sanitisation fee for every visit to the airport. Surprisingly, the UT administration vehicles and CTU buses are exempted. One of the taxi drivers said, “Are these vehicles virus-proof? Why this pick-and-choose method. Taxi drivers had come under heavy debts due to the Covid-19 lockdown and are now not getting enough passengers.”

30/09/20 Barinderjit Saluja/Times of India

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