Picking up your friend or a relative from Delhi airport’s domestic arrival is now a very expensive proposition.
Private cars are now allowed to wait at the pick-up lane outside the domestic terminal 1C of the Indira Gandhi International Airport just for five minutes, after which an ‘overstaying charge’ of Rs 100 has to be paid for the next five minutes. For every subsequent five minutes, car owners would have to shell out an additional Rs 50.This means if you wait for someone at the pick-up lane in your car for an hour, you would have to pay Rs 600.
Hindustan Times had first reported in January this year that private airport operator Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) is planning to initiate the overstaying charge.
DIAL has installed a new system, through which private cars entering the pick-up lane are issued a receipt with the entry time printed on it.
Vehicles would be stopped at pay booths at the end of the lane, where additional wait time over five minutes would be calculated and charged. Loss of the receipt would lead to an extra charge of Rs 500.
DIAL said the new system, which has been in place for more than a month now, has helped decongest the lane. DIAL, however, didn’t reveal the revenue it is earning through the charge.
“We have introduced this system for managing traffic better and not as a revenue stream. We would like all users to adhere to the given timeline, avoid paying charge and make terminal arrivals a safe and pleasant experience,” said a DIAL spokesman.
DIAL said there are no plans as of yet to implement a similar charge at its Terminal 3.