Patna airport to improve parking facilities

PATNA: The state capital’s Jayaprakash Narayan International (JPNI) airport is likely to go in for comprehensive improvement of its parking facilities and its entry/exit paths.

As more and more Biharis are opting for air travel, congestion has grown considerably at the city airport in the past few years. Hence, JPNI authorities are keen on improving parking facilities and traffic flow.

BIT-Patna techies, who studied the complexities in traffic flow and parking facilities for flyers’ vehicles over the past one year at Patna airport, recently submitted their recommendations to the airport director.

The eight civil engineering students led by S K Sinha have recommended a completely new layout to improve the existing arrangements. “I have recommended a complete overhaul to make things smoother,” said S K Sinha.

The number of flyers at JPNI airport has been increasing at the rate of over 50% per annum for the past two years.

“If air traffic continues to grow at this rate here, there will be no option other than providing a multi-level parking as only limited space is available for the purpose,” Sinha added.

Presently there are two passages connecting the airport to the city. It has been recommended that the eastern passage should be used exclusively for entrance and western passage for exit. As enough space is available, the width of the proposed entry and exit roads has been proposed to be increased from six metres to 8.2 metres.

It has been suggested that toll collection point be at the exit of the parking lot as it will not disturb the traffic flow outside the parking area. To make it smooth and fast, an electronic ticketing system can be put in use for automatic collection of toll, the report suggests.

The techies, who were asked to study the issue like the study of Delhi airport (parking) taken up by IIT-Delhi years ago, have suggested stationing security personnel at entry and exit points, which will work as a deterrent for vehicles moving in wrong directions and will also increase security. It has also recommended positioning of CCTV cameras at these points.

As Airports Authority of India (AAI) is waiting for land from the state government to build a new airport, it is eager to provide all possible facilities to flyers at the Patna airport.

“BIT-Patna has provided us the detailed study very recently. It has also been explained to us. The recommendations are presently being studied, after which we will take concrete steps to implement them,” airport director Arvind Dubey said.

The study was taken up in May 2010 and the report was submitted to the authorities concerned on June 3, 2011.

Source: TOI

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