Guwahati Airport Parking in Disarray, IIT-G Conducts Study for Improvement
GUWAHATI: Parking for passengers has been a major cause for concern at the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport (LGBI) Guwahati, informed authorities.
“Currently the parking model is such that those who have received the contract to run the parking, do not charge any fee from taxi drivers who do not get passengers. This results in the parking space at the airport being full with taxis which are kept in parking for the entire day,” regional executive director, Sanjeev Jindal, told G Plus.
He added that the problem got compounded after the LGBI airport terminal was expanded after which the parking space reduced.
Visitors often complain of mismanagement of parking at the airport. “I had recently gone to drop off my relatives at the airport but faced a tough time finding a parking place. This wastes a lot of time when someone has a flight to catch,” said a Guwahatian.
While the expansion of the terminal helped manage passengers inside the building, the parking lots and drop off bays remain over-crowded making it as much cumbersome and time consuming for the passengers to reach the terminal as for the people dropping them off to exit the airport.
The airport authorities have requested IIT-Guwahati to conduct a study to improve the parking facility at LGBI airport.
“We want to make the parking purely for the passengers and will implement the ideas suggested by IIT-G. Currently it seems like the parking is being utilized majorly by taxi drivers,” said Jindal.
Authorities also claimed that VIP vehicles also often block the front parking of the airport which again causes hassle for the passengers.