Tongue-tickling crispy vada and scorching pazhampori (banana fritters) will now be obtainable for Rs 15 every on the Cochin Worldwide Airport (CIAL) in Kerala, because of intervention by the Prime Minister’s workplace.
Earlier, the drinks and snacks have been priced at Rs 100. The change took place after a not-so completely satisfied buyer, Shaji Kodankandathil, shot off a letter to the Prime Minister and others to assist finish the observe of overcharging at airports.
“I used to be travelling to Delhi in April final 12 months. After I ordered a black tea on the airport, I used to be requested to half with Rs 100 for a tea bag and boiled water in a paper cup. When requested about this, the store proprietor instructed me they have been bidding these outlets at exorbitant costs so they’re compelled to fleece,” mentioned Kodankandathil, alawyer, including he discovered the reason fairly outrageous.
He mentioned he additionally discovered packed snacks with most retail value (MRP) tags have been additionally being offered at a lot increased charges.
“Often at airports individuals do come at the least two-three hours earlier than their flights. So they’re compelled to pay up exorbitant costs for meals and snacks. Aged and Haj pilgrims are the worst affected. Even for the MRP gadgets, they’re compelled to shell out three to 4 instances increased than the precise value,” he mentioned. On his return, he took up the difficulty with the Airports Authority of India and Cochin airport however he did not get a passable reply. Then he shot off a letter to the PM and it was acknowledged instantly.
“I checked the PM’s portal two days again and noticed a letter signed by the senior supervisor of the airport Joseph Peter, regulating the costs of snacks and drinks based mostly on my criticism. The letter mentioned now tea can be priced at Rs 15, espresso Rs 20 and native snacks like vada, parippu vada and pazhampori for Rs 15 every. It additionally directed that each one packed snacks needs to be offered at MRP,” he mentioned.
When requested about this, the CIAL communications supervisor PS Jayan mentioned it had lowered costs of drinks and snacks to Rs 30 final 12 months itself and now will probably be introduced down once more. The officer added for good measure that will probably be tough for them to prevail over multinational consuming retailers as a result of their charges are common.
“I need all airports to take a leaf out of CIAL and scale back costs of snacks and meals. In lots of airports consumer payment is there (CIAL it isn’t there). Nonetheless they fleece poor passengers and all flip a blind eye in the direction of this. I’m completely satisfied a starting has been made,” mentioned Kodankandathil, including he’ll proceed his battle for honest costs for meals gadgets at airports throughout the nation.