Monday, September 04, 2017

Airport to increase fine amount

Pune: From now on, Pune Airport visitors have to pay a Rs-2,000 fine for overstaying their welcome. Deliberations about the halting time went on for months and the airport authorities even did away with a time limit after passenger complaints, only to zero in on a 15-20 minute halt as permissible to avoid vehicular congestion, overshooting which would invite a fine of Rs 200. The Airports Authority of India (AAI), Pune, has now increased that fine amount to Rs 2,000.

"We want to bring strict discipline at the Lohegaon airport as the number of vehicles coming here daily has drastically increased in the last few years. Most of them are cabs, which come to drop or pick up someone from the airport and keep on halting for hours. So, we have decided to increase the fine from Rs 200 to Rs 2,000 from next week for vehicles that halt for more than 15 to 20 minutes inside the airport," Pune Airport director Ajay Kumar told Mirror.

Every day, around 11,000 passengers travel from the Pune airport and around 5,000 four-wheelers come to the airport to pick-up and drop them. Currently, there is a parking lot in front of the airport which has the capacity of around 150-odd cars. But, to avoid the parking fees, passengers and even appbased cab drivers halt inside the airport premises.

"On an average, more than 20 cars come inside the airport every minute. We have also appointed traffic wardens to keep moving these vehicles. Despite that, there is congestion during the morning and peak hours. Sometimes, passengers miss their flights only because of traffic jams. Soon, the signage boards of this increased fine will be displayed at various spots in and around the airport," Kumar added.
04/09/17 Dheeraj Bengrut/Pune Mirror