kstdc: Taking KSTDC cab from KIA? Don’t pay ‘additional charges’ | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The next time you take a Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) cab from the airport to any part of the city, make sure you don’t pay more than the bill amount.
With a shortage of app-based cabs such as Ola and Uber at Kempegowda International Airport, many people are relying on KSTDC cabs now.
However, several passengers complained some KSTDC drivers have been charging extra. “I recently travelled from the airport to Manyata Tech Park in Nagawara.
The driver told me he could not give a bill as the meter was not working. He collected Rs 320 extra as ‘introduction charges’ in addition to the Rs 900 fare. In app-based cabs, the bill for the same distance will be Rs 650-700. This is fleecing innocent customers. I’ve decided not to take KSTDC cabs anymore,” said Aravind Gowda, a regular passenger.
Airport Taxi Owners’ Association president Hamid Akbar Ali said the government issued an order on July 23 to collect Rs 118 per trip from passengers to pay Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL). “The demand for cabs reduced after Covid and such charges will force passengers to shift to Ola and Uber. But this charge is included in the bill, so we aren’t collecting extra.”
However, Vijay Sharma, managing director of KSTDC, said, “Drivers need to pay Rs 118 per trip to BIAL as airport charges. But it is included in the bill and customers should not pay anything extra. Customers can raise complaints with KSTDC if any driver demands more. We’ll take stringent action.”
He said permission has been given to operate around 900 cabs, but only 600 or so are on the road now.

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