Mumbai airport states dealing with screening labs to check out decreasing quick RT-PCR test charges

This comes a day after the Maharashtra federal government supposedly raised with the main federal government the problem of high charges for coronavirus screening at the airport.

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December 08, 2021 / 11:06 PM IST

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Representative image(Image: Reuters )Adani group-owned Mumbai airport on Wednesday stated it is dealing with testing labs and other partners to explore the possibility of additional reducing the charges for rapid RT-PCR test.This comes

a day after the Maharashtra government supposedly raised with the central government the problem of high charges for coronavirus screening at the airport.The private airport operator had on December 4 announced decreasing the rates for fast RT-PCR test at its facility to Rs 3,900, from Rs 4,500 earlier.A regular RT-PCR test costs a passenger Rs 600. Nevertheless, according to reports, the state federal government in a letter to the additional secretary in the Union health ministry earlier today said that though the operator has consented to bring down the charges for the rapid RT-PCR test, they were still”really high” compared to the rates being charged by other airports such as Bengaluru, Chennai and Kochi.”We know the questions and are working

with the test labs and other partners to see whether we can further lower the expense of the Quick PCR test, anywhere possible, “a Mumbai airport representative said in a declaration in action to an inquiry by PTI on this issue.Currently, 3

testing labs– Lifeinity, Suburban Diagnostics and Acu-MD(Mylabs)– are performing RT-PCR tests for worldwide arrivals.The airport operator had on December 1 said that in addition to typical RT-PCR, 30 fast RT-PCR machines are offered for the guests having onward flights with brief connecting time.