Monday, January 11, 2021

Sans contract, parking nightmare at Surat airport

Surat: While you plan to drive down to Surat airport to pick up or drop someone off, add a few more hours to your schedule mentally before your turn the ignition key. Chances are you may be forced to spend inside your car trapped in the maze of vehicles clogging the parking lot inside the airport premises.

With the Airports Authority of India (AAI) yet to find a bidder for the parking contract at the airport, chaotic scenes are witnessed every day due to the haphazard parking at the free parking lot. Vehicles are not having to pay any charges for the past many months now, and it’s literally a free ride inside.

Sources said that about 200 cars and more than 100 two-wheelers are parked in the vehicle parking area throughout the day. The two-wheelers are parked in the car parking area and vice-a-versa.

Ashish Maisuriya, a jeweller who was going to Delhi said, “I was surprised to see the parking scene at the airport. I did not get space at the parking lot as vehicles were parked haphazardly. Since it is free parking, people are using it as their own property.”

Official sources said that the vehicle parking contract at the airport was to be operationalized in May-20. However, it failed to commence due to the coronavirus pandemic. There are challenges being faced for the finalisation of contract.

11/01/21 Times of India

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