Pune: The Pune Airport authority has floated a tender for setting up of six food outlets inside the premises and the terminal building which will offer ‘Puneri Taste’. Airports Authority of India (AAI) has brought out the tender notice for setting up of these outlets inside the terminal building and hopes to make them operational within three months. This decision to open multiple pocket-friendly food and beverage outlets inside its terminal building will surely please fliers who often complain of exorbitant pricing at the airport but will also give them a taste of local flavour.
A decision that will bring some relief to passengers from exorbitant charging by existing outlets in the airports is the plan to open ‘low-cost tea, coffee and water bottle counter’ at the check-in area. “Private players will be provided with a four square metre space to set up each low-cost food counters, vada pav counter; tea, coffee and water bottle counter and bhel and pani puri counter. They will have to pay a monthly fee of Rs 9,000 to AAI apart from a space rent of Rs 2,100 per month,” said Ajay Kumar.
“While the private firm will be given the flexibility to decide the selling price, the maximum sale price has been capped by the AAI for these stalls. For example, the maximum that the seller can charge for vada pav is Rs 50, for tea Rs 20, while for coffee Rs 25. A 500 ml water bottle is to be sold at not more than Rs 10. At bhel and pani puri counters, bhel, dahi Puri and shev puri will have to be sold at less than Rs 50,” he said.
Dhairyashil Vandekar, aviation activist, has welcomed the move and hoped that similar ‘low-cost options’ are provided at every airport in the country from where UDAN flights are operating. “These low-cost outlets are a welcome development. I had followed up on the issue with the Civil Aviation Ministry. Such low-cost food and beverage counters will bring relief to passengers who often avoid to eat or drink anything once they check in because of exorbitant pricing at the concessionaires. Such counters should be opened at all airports with UDAN flights,” said Vandekar.
Drive to check parking of vehicles
The vehicles coming at Pune airport, based at Lohegaon, to pick up and drop the passengers flout the rule inside the premises. The airport authority is planning to start a special drive for those who park their vehicles haphazardously and enter from exit gates. The drive will be conducted soon with the help of Pune traffic police.
“We have discussed the issue with city police to start the special drive against people who are not adhering to rules. The drive will start soon and it will be for a week or a fortnight. Those who are found guilty for violating the rule like parking inside the premises which is not allowed will be liable to pay fine Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000,” Ajay Kumar, Director Pune Airport told Sakal Times.
New smoking zones
The Pune airport authority is all set to start new and renovated smoking zones in the security hold. The smoking zones have been set up with new systems to exhaust all the smoke. The new smoking zone will start within a few days and will have a new look. “We had received feedback from passengers and accordingly, changes have been made. From Monday, the zone will start on trial basis for three days. After getting feedback, we will continue with the same,” said a senior officer.