Pune: Taking a step towards green airports, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) is planning to ban all kinds of plastic on their premises across the country by the year-end. The purpose of the ban is to make airport premises pollution-free and create green airports, said a highly placed source of AAI from New Delhi.
A two-day annual conference of AAI’s top executive body was held in New Delhi recently. It was inaugurated by Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman of the AAI.
The conference focused on forces of change, end-to-end customer evolution, advance commercial relations by a global instructor of Airport Council International (ACI).
An official, on condition of anonymity, said, “The chairman raised the issue to make airports green and pollution-free. He pointed out that by the end of this year the authority is making a plan to ban all kinds of plastic at major airports under AAI.”
The authority has observed that many food outlets are using packed and wrapped items like sandwiches and cakes which will be banned. The food is wrapped in plastic in the outlets to keep freshness intact. The AAI has also received complaints from passengers regarding the wrapped food items which are not good for health. The authority is taking help from experts and working on options, said the official.
During the conference, Dr Mohapatra emphasised the need of the hour is to manage change in an effective manner so as to make customers’ experience better.
He encouraged the delegates to be more involved and work towards making air travel available to the common man in the remotest parts of the country in line with the vision of our Prime Minister.
The Pune airport has 13 food outlets inside the terminal building. All are selling wrapped food items to customers.
Window period till June 23
The Maharashtra government issued a GR on March 23 declaring that all types of plastic carry bags are banned. A window period till June 23 has been given to all Maharashtra Plastic and Thermocol Products (Manufacture, Usage, Sale, Transport, Handling and Storage) to sell all the plastic stocked with them. After June 23, sale of plastic, manufacturing, transport, handling, storage and use by people will be fined and then prosecuted.