Amid growing criticism and public inconveniences following the Narendra Modi government’s announcement of demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha on November 14, said that parking at all Indian airports will be free until November 21. Sinha took to social media website Twitter to write, “We heard you! To facilitate smooth movement, collection of parking charges at all airports suspended till midnight of 21 Nov! #AirSewa.” This move comes after a lot of people approached the government, with their grievances against the problems faced at airport parking all over India, after the demonetisation announcement.
Meanwhile, there was no respite to passengers at the airport still. Earlier people had tweeted to Jayant Sinha demanding answers to the problems that they were facing. One person wrote, “@jayantsinha question: do prepaid taxi booths at Delhi airport accept cards / digital wallet payments? Or take Rs 500 notes?” To this Jayant Sinha asked Delhi Airport to follow up. Another person wrote, “Chaos at Delhi airport. Belt not functioning. Luggage being handed over by indigo staff. @jayantsinha @IndiGo6E.” Meanwhile, Pune Airport had earlier reportedly started demolishing unused administrative buildings with an aim to make space for the rising number of vehicles on its premises.
Citing the increase in the circulation of black money in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had initiated the demonetization policy on November 8, a step by which Rs 500 & Rs 1,00 notes will be replaced with new currency notes. While the policy adopted by the government had shaken up black money-holders, with many desperately trying to save their currency notes, of the present value 500 and 1,000, from turning into useless piece of papers, the primary implementation of the policy had been a pain for several common citizens, with many of them finding themselves in long, tiring lines outside banks and ATMs.