Are you one of those- who after seeing off your dear ones at the airport love to linger around the premises?
Well, this lingering might just cost you a hefty fine!
Lohegaon Airport of Pune will now charge you a good fine if they find you overstaying at the airport. Halting for 15-20 minutes is allowed at the airport, but waiting beyond the given time might empty your pockets.
The thoughtful decision is led by the Airports Authority of India (AAI), the reason being the increase in vehicles which is leading to congestion.
Pune Airport director Ajay Kumar told Mirror,
We want to bring strict discipline at the Lohegaon airport as the number of vehicles coming here daily has drastically increased in the last few years. Most of them are cabs, which come to drop or pick up someone from the airport and keep on halting for hours. So, we have decided to increase the fine from Rs 200 to Rs 2,000 from next week for vehicles that halt for more than 15 to 20 minutes inside the airport.
This might surprise you that almost 11,000 commuters travel from the Pune airport on a daily basis and around 5,000 four-wheelers come to the airport.
The parking space before the Airport can accommodate approximately 150 cars, but to skip the parking fees, passengers and even app-based cab drivers halt inside the airport premises.
On an average, more than 20 cars come inside the airport every minute. We have also appointed traffic wardens to keep moving these vehicles. Despite that, there is congestion during the morning and peak hours. Sometimes, passengers miss their flights only because of traffic jams. Soon, the signage boards of this increased fine will be displayed at various spots in and around the airport.
Information source: punemirror
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