Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Patna airport restricts entry of 3-wheelers from outside

Patna: The Jayaprakash Narayan International Airport has introduced a free e-rickshaw service that will carry passengers from the entry gate to the pick up and drop off area. Hence, no three-wheeler from outside will be allowed to ply on the premises of the airport.
According to airport officials, the step has been taken to get rid of traffic congestion, which occurs due to space crunch near the pick up and drop off area and the parking slot.

Airport director Bhupesh C H Negi told this newspaper on Tuesday, “Many autos restrict the smooth flow of traffic by standing in front of the airport’s parking slot, entry or exit gates and terminal building. Prohibiting their entry will streamline traffic movement on the airport premises.”

Negi added, “We have stationed altogether 10 e-rickshaws on the premises of the airport. They will carry passengers from the entry gate to the departure gate of the terminal building and from the arrival gate of the building to the exit gate.”

The free e-rickshaw service is likely to continue till the new terminal building of the airport, which is under construction, comes up. “This temporary restriction on three-wheelers will be lifted once the new terminal building is ready with additional parking space,” Negi said.

Meanwhile, flyers welcomed the initiative taken by the airport authorities. NIFT-Patna student Saloni Gupta usually hires an auto to reach the airport. “The free e-rickshaw service is great because cab and auto drivers charge extra money for picking up or dropping off passengers near the terminal building,” she said.
12/02/20 Faryal Rumi/Times of India
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