HYDERABAD: The following time you drop somebody off on the Secunderabad Railway Station, ensure that the passenger will get out of the automobile shortly and that you simply depart the premises inside eight minutes. In any other case, you’ll find yourself paying Rs 500 as penalty.
The traditional parking cost on the station is Rs 50 for automotive and Rs 15 for bike for 2 hours. For each subsequent hour, it’s Rs 25 and Rs 10 respectively. Termed because the parking ‘entry management’ system, the levy of penalty got here into impact in 2019 and is being applied at Terminal No.2 (Platform no. 10). However the concern caught public consideration not too long ago because the railway footfall elevated after the second lockdown.
This observe is alleged to be borrowed from airports, but it surely doesn’t point out why there’s a hefty penalty, handed off as ‘parking expenses’ with the SGST (9%) and CGST (9%) bringing it to a complete of Rs 500. “We have been awarded the contract this August by the IRSDC (Indian Railway Stations Improvement Company Restricted) and it clearly cites scope for such a provision. Even airports have adopted related norms. This can even be applied on the opposite aspect (the station’s primary gate) within the coming days,” mentioned Okay Sainath, parking supervisor at Rakshak Securities Personal Ltd.
The railway authorities describe this as a measure to curb unlawful parking and make means for prepare commuters. “That is to regulate unruly cabbies who keep for lengthy and trigger site visitors issues on the stretch,” defined an official.
Presently, on the primary entrance of the station, the site visitors police make sure the free circulate of automobiles. Cab drivers mentioned that they drop passengers a number of metres away from station over worry of being penalised. “This has been a observe for a while. As we’re conscious of this, we steer clear of the premises, however it’s denting our prospects,” mentioned Abdul Raheem, a cab driver.