Pune: An Environmental Status Report (ESR 2017-18) by Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) revealed that the number of air passengers has increased by 10.58 per cent compared to last year, while railway and state transport passengers have decreased by 2.33 per cent and 3.77 per cent respectively.
The information was revealed in the ESR for 2017-18 presented by the civic administration in the General Body (GB) of the PMC on Friday. The ESR said air passengers increased as the Pune airport is connecting with most cities in India. However, the number of passengers travelling by railway has decreased. Similarly, the passengers travelling by Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) buses too, have decreased.
As per the report, “Air travellers have increased to 10.58 per cent from the previous year, 2016-17. The Pune airport has seen 22,466 footfalls every day compared to last year’s 17,441. During the year 2017-18, as many as 71,99,855 passengers travelled from Pune airport, which is around 5 lakh higher than the previous year. Last year around 65,12,005 passengers travelled from Pune.”
Ajay Kumar, Director, Pune airport told Sakal Times, “The number of daily movements has touched 200 per day from 158 last year. At this rate, the airport is expected to cross 10 million passengers per annum mark in the ongoing year. In 2017-18 fiscal, the airport had recorded a passenger growth of 20.6 per cent.”
There was a drop of 2.33 per cent of railway passengers in 2017-18. According to the report, 777.23 lakh passengers travelled by railway this year, while 2.12 lakh travel by railway every day. The figure shows that last year 795.36 lakh passengers travelled by railway and 2.17 lakh travelled every day. Similarly, the passengers travelling by state transport buses have also decreased. Every day around 2.93 lakh passengers travel by MSRTC buses and 1068.58 lakh passengers travelled in 2017-18.
“We have run several special trains in the year 2017-18. We have to look into the fact about passengers drop. All trains departing from Pune junction and other station under the division is all full with passengers” said Manoj Jhawar, spokesperson of Pune railway division.