• Thursday, May 19, 2022

INDIA

Mumbai airport brings down rapid RT-PCR test charges below £20

No official announcement has been made by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation so far. (Photo by PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP via Getty Images)

By: Chandrashekar Bhat

MUMBAI’S international airport has halved the charges for rapid RT-PCR testing at its facility to Rs 1,975 (£19.53) following the Maharashtra state government’s directives.

The rapid RT-PCR charges at the Adani Group-owned Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport earlier stood at Rs 3,900 (£38.57), which were a scale down from the Rs 4,500 (£44.51) charged previously.

In a letter to the additional secretary in the central government’s health ministry earlier this month, the state government said that though the operator had agreed to bring down the charges for the rapid RT-PCR test, they were still “very high” compared to the rates being charged by other airports such as Bangalore, Chennai and Kochi in south India.

In a statement, the airport operator said the lowering of the rapid RT-PCR test charges was in line with the latest directive from the state government.

However, the standard RT-PCR testing will continue to cost Rs 500 (£4.95).

The airport operator said it will continue to provide comprehensive testing infrastructure for the convenience and ease of its passengers.

(PTI)

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