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AAI to streamline traffic at airport after Jay Panda rakes up issue on twitter

Bhubaneswar: In response to a series of tweets this morning by Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda pointing out the poor traffic management at the Biju Patnaik International (BPI) Airport here compared to other airports in the country, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha directed the airport authorities to take cue from airports in other cities and streamline the traffic flow in Bhubaneswar.

Jay Panda today took to the microblogging site to post about the unwarranted traffic mismanagement at the airport and wrote, “Bhubaneswar airport seems to be the only 1 where ALL vehicles have to pass thru parking check gates even if they are NOT parking but only dropping off or picking up passengers! This chokes the airport entrance/exit & causes huge inconvenience & delay. @aaibpiairport, plz rectify?”

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Though the authorities of the BPI airport were quick to reply, “Honourable Sir, almost all airports in India, similar arrangements exist,”, the twitterati was unhappy with the ‘overconfident’ response of the officials. They immediately tweeted a series of responses:

“@aaibpiairport Do you even know OLA drivers are charged unnecessarily?U giv dem only 6 min & they r choked up in a jam bcz of which the drivers have to shell out firm their pockets. This is a big inconvenience,” Rajat Narsapur tweeted.

“Instead of justifying inconveniences, please try to improvise. Please visit RGI Hyderabad or Mumbai for reference. Bhubaneswar deserves to be a far better city than other state capitals,” Chinmaya Choudhry tweeted.

Adding to the thread of responses, Jay Panda again replied, “Haven’t seen it in Delhi or Mumbai. Or anywhere abroad. It’s illogical to make vehicles go through parking check gates if they’re only dropping off or picking up passengers. It causes huge inconvenience & delays. Requesting @sureshpprabhu & @jayantsinha to look into it.”

Twitter users justified the claim of Panda and said that they were being forced to cough up for more than 5 mins while being at the airport for dropping or picking passengers. Worse, the lackadaisical attitude of the airport authorities irked many.

“Sheer arrogance. But honestly the airport parking and the processes need scrutiny especially the company who has received the tender for toll collection. No one is satisfied,” Janmeja Mohapatra wrote.

However, directing the airport authorities to follow up the matter, Aviation Minister Jayant Sinha was fast to tweet, “@AAI_Official please follow up and evaluate across all AAI airports @BLRAirport @CSIAMumbai @DelhiAirport @RGIAHyd please see if we can further streamline traffic flow,”

Thanking Sinha for his quick response, Panda later stated, ” Benchmarking with world’s best airports will help: none of them make cars dropping off or picking up passengers go through the parking lot check gates. It causes unnecessary inconvenience & delays.”

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