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Time for violators to pay fine upto Rs 5000 at airports

New Delhi: The state-owned Airports Authority of India (AAI) has revised the fine amount for the individuals who violate regulations at airports. They will now face a higher fine. Any individual violating the regulations at airports will be slapped with penalties up to Rs 5000.

The AAI manages 126 airports in the country. Furthermore, any continuing offence will attract an additional fine that may extend to Rs 500 for every day during which such violation continues after “the conviction for the first such contravention”, reports Business Insider.

This amount was as low as Rs 20 per day, under the previous regulations.
On Wednesday, AAI Chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra said that penalties have been increased as the earlier quantum was not appropriate with the changing times.

Asked whether the revision has been effected due to any recent incident involving certain passengers, he replied: “This (amendment) has nothing to do with (any) recent incident. This has been under consideration for some time.”

Last month, there was an incident involving TDP MP JC Diwakar Reddy as he got into a verbal spat with IndiGo ground staff at the Visakhapatnam airport. He allegedly threw a printer kept at the airline’s counter after he was informed that boarding for his flight to Hyderabad had closed.