Autos banned from airport

Chennai, Aug. 17: Citing security reasons, airport authorities on Monday prevented autorickshaws from entering the airport, making passengers walk all the way from the main entrance. A meeting attended by officials of the CISF, the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security and other officials on August 14 decided to ban autorickshaws inside the airport complex from Monday. However, this caused much trouble to aged passengers, physically challenged persons and women with kids who arrived at the airport in hired autos. They had to walk over 500 metres to take their flight. “Other airports in the country have banned autos following BCAS rules,” said a senior airport official. “It is an existing rule to ban autos inside the airport complex. We started implementing it only now.” However, Mr Americai V. Narayanan, president of the auto drivers’ union, INODA, charged the officialdom of ‘elitist’ attitude. “When the officials can check the cars at the entrance, they can do the same for autos,” he said. Mr Rajendran, a senior member of CITU, said it would be better to make auto drivers partners in security measures rather than isolating them. “The ban is causing hardship to both auto drivers and the middle class public,” he added.