Sunday, March 08, 2020

Avoid personal cars for going to Pune airport: Authorities

Pune: The next time you fly out of the city, better hail a taxi or an autorickshaw for going to the airport.

With no parking solution in sight amid the ongoing construction work of the multilevel parking facility at parking number-1, airport director Kuldeep Singh has appealed to flyers to avoid bringing personal vehicles to the Lohegaon facility. He said passengers, for at least a year, should opt for public transport or carpooling while coming to the airport.

“We are in a fix over parking at present and the hassles will increase in the future. We have not been able to come up with a solution. So, we are requesting people not to use personal vehicles for coming to the airport. It is an appeal to accept our request until the multilevel car parking facility is ready. If at all flyers come to the airport in their personal vehicles, the four-wheelers should go out of the airport area immediately after dropping the passengers,” Singh said.

He said the construction of the multilevel car parking facility was in progress in parking number-1, drastically reducing the area to park vehicles. He also admitted that efforts to look for an alternative plot near the airport for parking had proven futile.

“No private plot or land belonging to the defence authorities is available,” he said.

In January, former airport director Ajay Kumar had said a private land next to the parking number-1 would be available for parking purposes. Later, the airport authorities clarified that the landowner had not agreed to provide the plot.

The construction of the multilevel car parking facility was initiated in January this year at the parking number-1. The work would continue for around two years.

Ravi Suresh Jain, the director of Pebbles Infratech, the company developing the facility, said they got possession of more than 50% of the parking number-1 for the construction work. “By the next week, we hope to get full possession of the plot. The new facility will be coming up on 90,000sqft. As far as alternative parking space is concerned, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) are in talks with the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC),” Jain told TOI.

A source in the airport said, “Once the full possession of parking number-1 is given, where will people park their cars? The parking number-2 has been changed into a pickup and drop point. Illegal parking along roads near the airport will not be allowed.”

08/03/20 Joy Sengupta/Times of India
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