Pune: The Pune Airport has topped among the 28 airports under the Western Region headquarters of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) in terms of revenue generation, but the airport is facing a water crisis. The airport authority is fully dependent on private water tanker service to supply water services to passengers and staffers.
District Infrastructure Scheme Advisory (DISHA) Committee meeting was held on July 21 and was headed by Shiv Sena MP Shivajirao Adhalrao-Patil. Pune Airport Director Ajay Kumar raised the question and directed the concerned to provide more water as per requirement. The Pune Airport is getting water from Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), which is not adequate for the 22,466 passengers (as per Environmental Status Report presented by PMC) travelling from the airport every day.
“During the meeting, we requested the DISHA committee to increase the water supply, which is essential for the airport. Currently, we are receiving 30 to 35 thousand litres every day by PMC, but actual requirement is 1.2 lakh litres, which we are fulfilling by water tanker service which costs Rs 15,000 per day,” said Ajay Kumar.
“The purchase of water is putting a burden on us and the expenses grew up to Rs 5 lakh per year. Each tanker costs Rs 1,800. We have requested them to at least fulfill one-third of the total requirement,” he said.
When contacted Shivajirao Adhalrao Patil said, “The authority raised this issue and we have asked the PMC to fulfill their requirement.” However, an official of Water Supply Department of PMC said, “We are providing water as per their requirement and if they need more we will fulfill it.”
Recently, an Environmental Status Report (ESR) published by the PMC stated that in 2014-15, the movement of passengers was 41.9 lakh per year and in 2017-18 it crossed the number with 71.99 lakh passengers’ footfall with 22,466 passengers per day.
Water woes at airport
The Pune Airport is getting water from PMC, which is not adequate for the 22,466 passengers (as per Environmental Status Report presented by PMC) travelling from the airport every day.
An ESR published by the PMC stated that in 2014-15, the movement of passengers was 41.9 lakh per year and in 2017-18 it crossed the number with 71.99 lakh passengers’ footfall with 22,466 passengers per day.