Mangaluru, Apr 02, 2018 : A city-based techie on April 1, Sunday secured proof for the alleged illegal rates by parking attendants at Mangaluru International Airport (MIA). He was verifying a video that was doing the rounds on social media.
The video in circulation showed a car user questioning the parking attendant and the cashier about the collection of Rs. 60 for two-hour parking as against the Rs. 55 specified for cars.
The slip/ receipt issued was for SUV/ Tempo/ mini bus. The cashier, Rupender Singh, unhesitatingly displayed his identity card, challenging the car driver to complain to authorities concerned.
While the video was in circulation, Anand Bhandarakr, a web-developer and jeweller from Car Street, intended to collect the proof when he went to MIA to pick his mother on her arrival from Delhi on Sunday afternoon.
As routine, he was issued slip for Rs. 60 instead of Rs. 55, but Bhandarkar paid only Rs. 55.
“I know the actual fee and have been paying the same though being issued slip for Rs. 60. But most users do not know the same and end up paying Rs. 60, which is illegal,” Bhandarkar told media.
The slip did not contain vehicle registration number, which is another violation.
Free time, a farce: Vehicle users are offered a certain time to pick up or drop passengers without paying any user fee and at MIA it is seven minutes from entry to exit. But one cannot complete the task within the time in normal circumstances and end up paying Rs. 60, Bhandarkar noted.
As one goes up the flyover, one’s movement is obstructed by taxis parked in a line amidst concrete blocks placed in between. Taxis should not parked on the flyover, he demanded. It takes at least 15 minutes for one to reach the exit gate and one is forced to cough up Rs. 60.
The AAI should provide at least 15 minutes breathing time, Bhandarkar said.
MIA Director V.V. Rao in a communiqué to the media said he has asked the commercial manager to inquire into excess collection of parking fee.