Raising parking rates in Chennai airport is all fine, but will glass ceilings stop crashing?
news Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute | November 7, 2014 | 04:12 pm IST Come next year, and the parking fare at Chennai airport is likely to see a steep hike. According to recommendations by the Airports Authority of India (AAI), the parking fares at airports across the country could rise by almost 45-60 percent. The New Indian Express quotes Airport Director H S Suresh as saying, ‚ÄúChennai being a first category airport which is controlled and operated by AAI will be getting the higher bracket of parking prices which is about 60 percent". At present, the fare for parking a car at the Chennai airport for under 20 minutes is Rs 70 and for an hour is Rs 135. Once the recommendations are implemented, the fare for cars could go up to around Rs 200. The process of implementing the revised prices is expected to take a few months, adds the report. However, will increasing the fares also ensure better services at airports? Specially in Chennai, considering the number of mishaps that have occurred at the airport in recent time- from glass panels, to false ceilings, a lot has been falling on the premises of the Chennai Airport, other than the prices of course. According to an October 24, 2014, report on Outlook, a glass pane had fallen off the roof at the Chennai airport and 'This was the 28th such incident of glass panes, false ceiling and granite slabs falling off at the terminals built last year'.¬† The Airports Authority of India's website states that the organisation has been 'entrusted with the responsibility of creating, upgrading, maintaining and managing civil aviation infrastructure both on the ground and air space in the country'. We are guessing airport terminals then are as much part of AAI's responsibility as is the parking space. Maybe the focus should lie on providing better infrastructure to passengers first and then on charging for the service.