Pune: The parking problems at Pune airport will soon be resolved, as the Airport Authority of India (AAI) has approved the structural plan of seven-storey parking in front of the airport. The facility will start operation by the end of the 2018 financial year.
The 1.5 lakh square feet structure will come up at the land that was handed over to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) by Indian Air Force last year. The facility will be developed with a ‘blended financial model’ with AAI too investing some finance along with the private party for erecting the facility. The facility is estimated to have a capacity to park 1,000 vehicles.
“The contract for this project will be awarded before March 31 and the work is likely to finish by year-end. The land is already in our possession and there is no hurdle for us to go ahead with the project,” Ajay Kumar, Pune Airport Director told Sakal Times.
“The total funding of this project is estimated to be Rs 150 crore. The facility will also have commercial outlets,” he added.
“The amount of this project is high, so the AAI will also pay some part of the amount for this project,” he said.
The parking lot will serve several purposes. Once the building is constructed, it will take far less space as compared to now and the number of vehicles that can be parked will increase.
In August, the airport authorities had said a ‘pick up and drop point’ with all facilities and infrastructure will come up near the airport near the second parking lot.
Traffic builds up right from the entry gate to the exit area at the airport every day. Several initiatives have been started to address this problem.
“It is very good that the area of the parking lot number one is big and the authorities are looking at a multi-storeyed parking facility, here. The airport is cramped for space and the current parking area can be connected with the airport and a new project can easily come up at the place. Increasing passenger amenities should always be the focus of the airport authorities.
At present, there is a great need to increase the circulation area there,” frequent flyer Lal Mohan Mishra said.