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Increase in fines brings down number of offences at Pune airport

Offences like littering, spitting and smoking at the Pune Airport have dropped significantly following the increase in fines for 15 such offences, said Pune Airport director Ajay Kumar.

pune Updated: Dec 12, 2017 15:24 IST
Jui Dharwadkar
Jui Dharwadkar
Hindustan Times, Pune
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The Pune Airport at Lohegaon. (HT File Photo)

Offences like littering, spitting and smoking at the Pune Airport have dropped significantly following the increase in fines for 15 such offences, said Pune Airport director Ajay Kumar.

Recently, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) decided to increase the fines levied for various offences at the airport by over 10 times. Sources at the Pune Airport said that this was done mainly because, even after repeated efforts, the problem of littering, parking in no-parking areas, spitting and smoking was prevalent and had to be addressed.

Officials at the airport said that initially the fines that passengers had to pay for offences were in the range of Rs.200- Rs.300 which have been increased to Rs.2,000-Rs.5,000.

When contacted, Kumar said that the steep increase in fines for various offences has helped a lot. Kumar said, "Earlier we used to get close to 400 to 500 complaints per month at the airport, ranging from parking in no-parking areas, smoking in public places, spitting and littering among others. Presently, the number of offences at the airport has reduced drastically and are almost negligible.”Kumar, however, said he will be able to share the exact number of complaints later, as he was out of town.

Officials at the airport said that, initially on an average, around 100 offences were registered at the airport every week which has now dropped to less than 10, since the fines have been increased.

They added that, so far, fines for 15 offences have been increased by AAI. Offences like smoking in public areas, except where designated smoking chambers are established, spitting in airport premises, misuse of passenger baggage trolley, use of offensive language and throwing loose papers, plastic cups or glass within airport premises will attract a fine of Rs.2,000.

Apart from this, for parking of vehicles or equipment in no parking areas, the fine has been increased to Rs.3,000. "For other offences like unauthorised entry into the terminal building, rash driving or over speeding in operational areas, state of intoxication while within airport premises, creating nuisance in public areas, organising or taking part in demonstrations which obstruct functioning of the airport, display of banners, posters in or around the terminal, obstruction of authorised persons in charge of his or her duties, damaging building structures or other properties of AAI and running commercial activities at the airport are now attracting a fine of Rs.5,000," said the officials.

They added that boards have been put up at the airport to notify the passengers about the increase in fines.

First Published: Dec 12, 2017 15:22 IST