Saturday, May 20, 2017

Dog menace at airport raises passengers’ hackles

Pune: Middle-aged Pursharth Kadam, returning from a business trip to Bengaluru, had just landed in Pune and made his way out of the arrivals gate when a stray dog suddenly snarled at him.
So startled was Kadam that he panicked and almost lost his balance after getting tangled up in his luggage.
"This had happened to a friend of mine too a month ago, in the same spot," Kadam said, "How can there be stray dogs in the airport area? This may seem trivial, but it is not. It affects passengers, especially those coming from abroad. Moreover, this is a defence airport," Kadam added.
For regular passengers, the issue of stray dogs having the run of the place has become a cause for concern. Senior officials from Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) said the buck stops with Airports Authorities of India (AAI), who they said must ensure people living in the vicinity of the airport adopt scientific methods of garbage disposal.
20/05/17 Joy Sengupta/Times of India