Pune: Passengers coming to Pune airport always park their vehicles inside the premises in a haphazard manner. The Airport Advisory Committee (AAC) has decided if any vehicle is seen parked inside, it will be towed away. This decision has been taken in a meeting held on Tuesday by AAC. The meeting was chaired by Anil Shirole, Member of Parliament and Chairman of AAC.
During the meeting, Jagdish Mulik, MLA of Vadgaonsheri and member of the committee, Ajay Kumar, Airport Director, Anant Sardeshmukh, Director General, Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA), Satish Bajpayee, Deputy Commandant of CISF, Ashok Morale, DCP Traffic and Pune Municipal Corporation officials were also present.
The issue of parking was raised by Bajpayee. He said that vehicles are seen parked in an unorganised manner, which results in traffic inside and outside the airport premises. Anil Shirole has taken the matter seriously and asked for suggestions from DCP traffic.
“As of now, we are towing vehicles once a day, we will try to make this permanent for the airport. If the vehicles are seen parked inside, it will be immediately towed away. It will take some time, as we will make some plans and draft for it,” Ashok Morale told Sakal Times.
“We need a permanent solution for this issue, as the airport traffic is increasing day by day. The suggestions given in the meeting will be implemented soon,” said Anil Shirole.
It was also discussed that local food and beverages outlets/ retail outlets/ local artwork stores can be started soon to give the commuters a feel of Pune culture.
Dhairyashil Vandekar, aviation expert and analyst, said, “The decision by the traffic police to place a tow van inside the airport will be effective in deterring errant drivers. However, for effective management of this area and for ensuring smooth flow, AAI must position a sufficient number of wardens on the spot for regulation of traffic with the support from traffic police.”