Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Seven-minute norm and Rs 85 penalty at Pune airport to be waived off

THOSE WAITING at the drop-off and pick-up areas of the Pune Airport for more than seven minutes will no longer be required to pay Rs 85 as penalty.
As per an order issued by the Civil Aviation Ministry, the Pune Airport administration has now decided to waive off the rule, which started in December 2015. However, according to airport authorities, it may take about a fortnight for the new rules to become effective as the Airports Authority of India (AAI) is required to invite tenders to appoint a new parking contractor to put in place a new system.
After receiving complaints from passengers and aviation activists about the “unjust” rule, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha intervened in the matter during a recent visit to Pune Airport and promised that the city airport will get an exemption from the rule.
Ajay Kumar, Airport Director, said that the airport administration has received a copy of the decision taken by the AAI that the rule will be waived off. “The decision to do away with the rule was taken by the Minister of State for Civil Aviation when he had visited the Pune Airport. We have now received a copy of the decision and we will implement it,” he said.
Kumar added that it might take a fortnight for them to bring the new system in place.
“We will invite a new tender. The contract, which is currently on, is a composite one that looks into taking care of parking no 2 and 3, and implements the seven-minute rule. Now, a fresh tender will be invited only for parking lots. It might take 15 days for us to implement the new system,” said Kumar.
18/10/16 Atikh Rashid/The Indian Express