Chandigarh, September 28
Facing anti-aircraft fire from the public over the charging of Rs 1,000 as a deterrent fine from vehicle owners as part of the new pick-up and drop-off system introduced at Chandigarh railway station, authorities have decided to put the charge on hold. In the rest of the system, however, nothing changes.
Pick-up drop-off system to contain taxi drivers, senior official clarifies
- Punishment to discourage taxi drivers from making long stops, says Hari Mohan, Sr Div Commercial Manager, Ambala Division
- Six-minute system adopted after thorough investigation and ground checks by a team assembled by Ambala Division
- Survey did not consider time consumed by otherwise gifted/senior citizens, but it will be covered shortly
- Visitors wishing to stay longer at the station can take a Rs 20 parking ticket for two hours to avoid a daunting fine
The authorities will assess whether the Rs 1,000 fine should be withdrawn or reduced in an effort to provide some relief to vehicle owners who stay more than 30 minutes after taking the hand-in ticket.
Both private and commercial vehicles will still be charged Rs 50 for a stay of up to 15 minutes and Rs 200 for a stop of up to 30 minutes in the pick-up and drop-off area.
Hari Mohan, Senior Divisional Commercial Manager, Ambala Division, said the fine was included in the pick-up drop-off system to discourage taxi drivers, who parked commercial vehicles at the train station for long periods, causing unnecessary chaos and inconvenience to passengers. caused at the train station.
Mohan said there was a misconception about the deterrent fine of Rs 1,000 which was not a parking fee.
For the first six minutes, there is no charge for picking up or dropping off passengers at the gate of the train station. Commercial vehicles would continue to pay Rs 30 for the period, he said.
However, he failed to justify charging fees from drivers who became entangled in long queues at the departure point, exceeding the six-minute limit.
Mohan said the six-minute drive system was adopted after a thorough investigation and ground checks at the train station by a team assembled by the division.
The system has been running successfully at the Delhi railway station for the past three years and those queuing have had to pay if their departure was delayed, he said, adding that there was no proposal to extend the six-minute free period.
However, Mohan admitted that the study to check the effectiveness of the six-minute exit system did not take into account the time spent by disabled people and seniors. He said they would fix the problem soon.
Asked if it was possible for the parking attendant to use dummy cars to create queues at the exit to slow down visitors, the official said it was highly unlikely.
Mohan said that after acquiring the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), they reduced parking fees at the station. Those who take the parking ticket will pay Rs 20 for two hours, down from Rs 30 previously charged for the duration.
Even the monthly subscription costs were reduced by 75 percent. Four wheelers had to pay Rs 1,000 per month for a monthly pass against Rs 4,000 charged by the IRCTC. He urged visitors who wanted to stay longer at the station to park vehicles in the normal parking lot to avoid deterrent penalties.