Mike Kovacs , Oct 14, 2004; 12:04 p.m.
Sorry no specific answer but Nikon simply provides flat rate service. If a later model, does your lens carry a Nikon USA warranty? If not, they won't touch it for any repair. The flat rate is likely to be a rip off IMO.
I'm going to suggest an alternative for you: consider an independent repairman for lens servicing. I doubt that Nikon will do any better work. If India is devoid of good servicing, one of the best in Canada is Winball Camera in Toronto. The owner/operator is a former big wig from the Nikon servicing facility in Hong Kong. If the repair needs parts, Nikon Canada has an outlet within driving distance to him in Mississauga.