Thursday, November 21, 2019

Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited, Airports Authority of India meet to restart dedicated bus link to airport

Pune: The Airports Authority of India in Pune and the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited are currently holding talks to chart out a fresh plan for a ring-road bus service that will link the airport with certain areas in the city.
The discussions will also include the setting up of a bus bay and stand at the airport.

The PMPML has already started a dedicated bus station at the Pune railway station. Starting Tuesday, buses will link the station to six destinations: Swargate, Alandi, Katraj, Nigdi, Wagholi, Talegaon and Kothrud.

The transport body’s chairperson and managing director, Nayana Gunde, said officials from the agency were now exploring a similar bus link wit h the airport.

“Talks are happening with our traffic manager and their (AAI’s) representatives,” Gunde told TOI on Wednesday.

The PMPML had earlier this year suspended bus services to Pune airport with officials blaming authorities at the Lohegaon facility for not providing adequate parking for the vehicles. Officials from AAI shot back saying parking space had indeed been earmarked and that the PMPML had shut the service because of feasibility and financial concerns.

Now, however, AAI and PMPML are mulling a link that will double up as daily transport for staff at the airport.
21/11/19 Joy Sengupta/Times of India
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