KIA Arrivals zone charges rolled back

A meeting was held at the BIAL police station on Tuesday with representatives of the taxi unions, management of BIAL and police.
A driver argues with a staffer at the KIA Arrivals zone on Monday
A driver argues with a staffer at the KIA Arrivals zone on Monday

BENGALURU: The move by airport operator, Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), on Monday to arbitrarily levy charges on taxi operators and personal vehicles of passengers arriving to the airport, has been rolled back within 15 hours of its imposition.

The decision came after major altercations and nasty scenes played out in the Arrivals zone of the airport between staff collecting the fee and irate drivers on Monday. A massive protest call given by taxi unions scheduled to take place on Wednesday (May 22) has been called off after the rollback.

N V Sridhar, president of Jai Karnataka Taxi Drivers Association told TNIE, “The fee collection from drivers began on Monday at 6 am and finally ended late night itself.”

A BIAL source confirmed that the fee collection was stopped by 9 pm on Monday. “We decided to put it on hold temporarily and hold talks on Tuesday.”

A meeting was held at the BIAL police station on Tuesday with representatives of the taxi unions, management of BIAL and police. “The drivers made it very clear that this kind of arbitrary step is just not acceptable. Our representatives have told BIAL that the next time they plan on levying any such charge, they had to intimate us in advance,” he said.

BIAL had introduced Rs 150 as fee to be paid by yellow board taxis entering the Arrivals zone for a stay of up to 7 minutes and Rs 300 as fee (for 7 to 14 minutes). For personal cars, it is free up to 7 minutes and Rs 150 beyond that up to 14 minutes.

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