Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Crane crackdown on airport traffic

Pune: Amid talks of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) deployment on the 'city side' of the hyper-sensitive Pune Airport at Lohegaon, the traffic situation at the entry and exit areas has also come under the scanner. Now, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Pune traffic police department will come together to find a permanent solution to daily traffic issues on this stretch, with a view to taking strict action against the illegal vehicles parked on these roads that frequently cause vehicular congestion.

A dedicated crane vehicle has been given to traffic police by AAI to take action against vehicles in 'no parking' zones. Over the last few years, there have been many cases of passengers missing flights because they were stuck in traffic outside the airport during peak hours.

Both the AAI and traffic cops, as well as Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), have already tried various measures to monitor traffic here, but in vain. These include widening the 1-km road by 5 metres towards Lohegaon 509 Chowk, a dedicated lane on New Airport Road to take a left to the entrance gate, plans to extend the existing parking space outside airport premises, and more.

"Pune airport and the two roads connecting to its entry and exit gates are crucial to monitor. Daily, thousands of passengers traverse these routes. On the New Airport Road towards Nagar Road highway and Lohegaon Road, hordes of private cabs and buses stay parked to pick up or drop passengers. Though there is round-theclock action taken against these vehicles by our cops, vehicle owners pay the fine and still just stand there; sometimes they park the vehicle and walk away. We asked AAI for a crane to tow such vehicles now," said deputy commissioner of police (DCP-traffic) Ashok Morale.
04/07/17 Dheeraj Bengrut/Pune Mirror