Monday, January 25, 2021

Temporary solution to parking mess at city airport likely by September

Pune: The multi-storied parking lot, currently under construction at Pune airport, is expected to be complete by mid-2022. However, a section of the parking lot will be ready by September, thus bringing at least a temporary solution for regular flyers.

Ravi Suresh Jain, director of Pebbles Infratech Pune that is engaged in the project construction, told TOI that two basement levels will be up and ready by September, following which the Airports Authority of India (AAI) will be asked to conduct an inspection of the space and give a permission to start parking.

“Presently, the work is going on in full swing. The entire project will be completed by April next year. However, the two basement floors will be ready by September this year. The area can easily accommodate 500 cars. Once completed, we will ask AAI officials for permission to start parking while other construction work can continue. We will take all due precautions regarding safety protocols and we will only start the lots if AAI gives a go-ahead,” shared Jain.

Work on the multi-storied parking lot had started in January last year but the pandemic and lockdowns led to a halt for about two months.

With Parking Number-1 blocked due to construction work, parking at the airport has become an extremely difficult affair. Presently, a section of Parking Number-2 at the airport is used to park mainly two-wheelers as well as some cars. However, the same parking lot is also a pickup point for cabs and autorickshaws.

An official at the Pune airport said that parking will continue to remain a problem until the new parking facility is ready. “We cannot comment right now on whether parking will be allowed at the two basement levels once they are ready since the inspection needs to happen first,” an official said.

25/01/21 Joy Sengupta/Times of India

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