Robbery or Corruption: Taxis from Airport to Tricity to cost 700-800 Rs?

Chndigarh Airport Parking

Airport taxi even in larger metros like Delhi and Bangalore cost 500-600 Rs, but Tricity Airport administration is fleecing the passengers and visitors.

The city is preparing to start international flights from mid-September, but lone private taxi contractor, who has the monopoly to run taxis for five years at the airport, is charging Rs 750 from the airport to any part of , SAS Nagar and Panchkula.

Even the parking charges re higher in Chandigarh than Delhi, despite less traffic and demand here, that sacks of .

The parking contractor is also fleecing by charging money from visitors. As per the contract, the contractor is not supposed to charge for an entry lasting less than eight minutes from visitors. However, the people, who were exiting the airport within 8 minutes, were also being charged Rs 60. Even the rate list for cars was missing from the signboard.

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On the other hand, the private taxi owners, who ferry passengers from Sector 17 to the airport, charge only Rs 250 to Rs 300.

Airport CEO Sunil Dutt said, “In case, people find this expensive, they can use bus service also, which is after every 35 minutes. There is a mega-cab service also. At the airport, charges are on the higher side.”

Vijay Raina, the private taxi contractor at the airport, said, “It is expensive, but we cannot help it out as we are paying a hefty rent of Rs 4.25 lakh per month to the airport authorities.” However it does not explain more than double the rate charged by private taxi owners.

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Surinder Bagha, nominated councillor of the Chandigarh MC, who is a frequent traveller, said that there should be a proper mechanism to fix taxi rates. Once international flights start, foreign travellers will definitely raise the issue of fleecing.

Airport CEO Sunil Dutt said, “In case, people find this expensive, they can use bus service also, which is after every 35 minutes. There is a mega-cab service also. At the airport, charges are on the higher side.”

The parking contractor is also fleecing by charging money from visitors, who come to drop relatives at the airport. As per the contract, the contractor is not supposed to charge for an entry lasting less than eight minutes from visitors. However, the people, who were exiting the airport within 8 minutes, were also being charged Rs 60. Even the rate list for cars was missing from the signboard.

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:HT, Tribune