Mangalore: Sentry for Airport Entry - For Now, Live with Problems!

Mangalore: Sentry for Airport Entry - For Now, Live with Problems!

Special Correspondent
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore

Mangalore, Mar 14: Exactly a month ago, on February 14, had published a special report on the issue of traffic violation at the Airport entry point, stating that there was need for a sentry at the spot.

This report stressed on the violation of one way traffic rules and the danger it posed considering that the road is quite gradient and meandering and many passengers and motorists had complained about the danger posed by this so called violation of one way traffic rules. Many motorists believe it is a one-way road and very often they are in a hurry to the airport to catch the flight which enhances the risk factor of danger.

One may remember that till recently the passengers coming to the airport from Sri Devi College Road were strictly following one-way traffic rule which was enforced by the Airport authorities for convenience and all motorists used to adhere to this rule.

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The exit was from the Deccan Park side and hence there was free flow of traffic in these routes without causing any hindrance to others. This was done to ensure the safety of passengers and motorists. But in the last few months it has been noticed that taxis, autos, motorists and cars took the easy and nearest route back to their destination from the same entry point after dropping their families, relatives, friends and passengers at the toll-free-entry at the airport entrance.

When the report published in Daijiworld drew the attention of Airport Director M R Vasudeva, he immediatley wrote to the Bajpe police about the inconvenience caused to the passengers, urging them to take a decision and ensure safety of the public.

"Basically a law and order problem and comes under the supervision of the police department, the road is actually meant for two-way traffic and for convenience sake we had followed the system of one-way traffic rule”. He said

When contacted, Police Inspector of Bajpe Police station Dinakar Shetty said that though the problem is genuine action cannot be taken against erring passengers or motorists as there is no official notification to this effect of making it completely one-way traffic road. Shockingly enough he said it is the airport staff itself that take this easy way out from the entry road to come to Mangalore rather than use the exit road.

“When it comes to VIP’s we use the entry road for exit also but most of the time it is the airport staff who take the shortcut way throwing all norms of rules and regulations of their own department. Needless to say other taxis and passenger vehicles take a cue from them thinking it is free for all”, he pointed out.

Dinakar Shetty acknowledged that he has received a letter from the Airport Director but says that his department cannot spare his officials as there has been no sanction of police for the Airport. “We have severe shortage of police personnel in this station. We don’t have so many policemen to spare at the entry point though we have police posted on the main road leading to the airport. Hence we have written to the Airport Director that he should get the posts sanctioned from the government rather than shift the responsibility on us”, Dinakar Shetty declared.

The Police Inspector added that in most other airports it is the airport authorities who maintain the roads of entry and exit to the airport. “They have all the facilities at their disposal as they give the parking lot for maintenance for private parties for which they charge them quite a large amount. Maintaining the entry-exit point is not a big task for them”

Airport Director M R Vasudeva also stated that the Airport is now making use of the Zilla Panchayat Road to avoid any untoward incident that might arise out of the present impasse. Vasudeva also stated that a new multilane road towards Mangalore-Udupi is being sanctioned by the state government from the Deccan Park side at a cost of 7.5 crores.

One can only expect a few more years for the road to get completed considering the swiftness at which such works of the state government are executed. But till then what is the solution – is the question which the concerned passengers and even the motorists might be asking.

As reported, Mangalore Airport is the first airport in the entire South India to secure OHSAS: 18001-2000 certification accorded by the Giant Accreditation Board of Australia and New Zealand. This recognition is given for the Airport’s Occupational Health and Safety Management System. Incidentally this scope of safety management covered air traffic services at the airport, facilities at the terminal building and support services for passengers. Mangalore Airport is the first to get this recognition in entire South India.

No doubt it is a laudable and worthy achievement and credit should go to the Mangalore International Airport staff for this admirable accomplishment. Instead of passing the responsibility on the police, who are already overburdened, one can only expect the Airport management to go a step forward and ensure this safety net to the passengers and the motorists too and show that really care.

It is nearing two years since the new terminal of Mangalore Airport became operational at Kenjar which was welcomed by Mangaloreans with glee. Though Mangalore is yet to get the promised status of ‘an international airport’ union minister Veerappa Moily’s umpteen promises notwithstanding, accolades have come on its way time and again for the good work the Airport has been doing.

While this decision of according ‘international status’ is awaited at the highest level it is really noisome to note that the Airport Management and the police pettifog over the issue of maintenance and violence of traffic rules at the entry point of the road to the airport. This issue calls for a decision at the local level which should be taken either by the airport authorities or by the police keeping the safety of passengers in mind. But as of now there seems to be no solution at sight as either side thinks that the ball is in the other’s court and the other party has to find a solution.

While trying to be objective as a mass media, it is not right on our part to be judgmental. At the same time asking for a solution keeping in mind the safety factor of the passengers and motorists is not too much to ask for, when we say the two parties should find an amicable solution to provide respite to the general public.



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  • Don , Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 17 2012

    Totally messed up road. i hate the system at the airport, when you enter the airport at a sertain point they give one reciept like a begger. and at the end , like one guy said the staff is fully drunked on duty, and he he fell under car or any vehical then who is responsible? his dad(Supervisor)??? Our mangalore Airport is the worst airport i expirienced in my tarvel.

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  • rocky peres, udipi

    Fri, Mar 16 2012

    let airport authority install "TYRE KILLER " INSTRUMENT. it is good and trouble man power is required.

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  • paul d`souza, balakunje

    Thu, Mar 15 2012

    With all the confuesions without even parking vehicle, when you reach to exit security gate he is ready with the reciept. Also i felt one staff on duty drunked.All mess.

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  • shane, dxb/mng

    Thu, Mar 15 2012

    What a mess and its total responsibility of airport for the safety of passenger and their vehicles entry exit point since they charge airport tax which is too high from the passenger. If they cannot provide a staff then they can erect a automatic barrier which produces a token at arrival and the same token to be returned back to the counter at exit point, all data like time of arrival/departure stored in the chip of token) hence no confusion as well as revenue for airport.

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  • Jigmig, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 15 2012

    This road can be named as snake road means danger.

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  • SUJITH NAYAK, Kudla / Auh

    Thu, Mar 15 2012

    Please do try....landing at Mangalore airport and waiting for ur mess up....not even a small gap to fix n turn ur vehicle...i pity.

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  • Prakash Dsouza,

    Wed, Mar 14 2012

    This road is ment for 2way traffic on official record when this new terminal constructed. Because of safety concerns airport authorities started to use as a one way traffic and entry and exit road from main road should be maintained by airport authority.

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  • John Tauro, Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 14 2012

    Why can't it be made two-way and why can't there be another two-way access thru Old Airport for the sake of public coming from/moving towards Udupi / Karkala via Bajpe - Kinnigoli? I believe, this would ease a lot of traffic congestion.

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  • Bulsam, Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 14 2012

    About 10% passengers don't reach the airport on time and they race to reach in the last moment. During such situation, if a vehicle comes from the wrong side on the narrow U-bend private airport-road, there will going to be a serious head-on collision in the near future. The Airport authority should appoint private security at the entry point on the top, 24x7. It is told that, “A Stitch In Time Saves Nine”.
    The contractor collecting Parking-Fees should be more organised like the Malls around us. At the Entry Point of the Airport there should be a Cabin cum Gate with a ticketing machine for all the vehicles entering the Airport and the minimum Free Stopping Time should be 20 minutes. Similar Cabin cum Gate should be there at the Exit point. The Parking Fees collecting personal should have smart uniform because outside of any airport is the showcase of that city. Further, at the Exit road before Deccan Park there is an open garbage dump yard which is very sickening sight for anybody and especially for the first time visitors to our city. Again, the taxis should Queue on the bridge at the entry point and only 5-6 taxis should be allowed to wait at the Exit point. There should be brightly painted concrete-dividers to keep the taxis in order on one side only. The Driveway Bridge cover needs a fresh coat of paint for a better appeal.

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  • Amin Bhoja, Patte- Riyadh

    Wed, Mar 14 2012

    To avoid any traffic violations install camera systems in required points,increase police patrol and deal any violations with penalties sure the traffic violations will be less and less gradually.

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  • Mathew, Kinnigoli/Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 14 2012

    Why not to make this road two-way for everyone's convenience.

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  • Roshan,

    Wed, Mar 14 2012

    A airport on a hill top,road with no sign boards, the concept only can't understand.

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  • avani, mlore/uae

    Wed, Mar 14 2012

    Yes. I think in this whole airport & its roads planning process, one vested interest is well taken care of. ie, Deccan Park. Note that airport was moved near to it and an exit road by its side. And now multilane road by its side!!!

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  • Tomas Richard, Udupi

    Wed, Mar 14 2012

    About international status to Mlore airport Mr Moily must be waiting for the Udupi Loksabha election to get over.. Dont trust the politicians

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  • Ranjan, mangalore/sharjah

    Wed, Mar 14 2012

    It has more simple solution , provide a card automatic barricade . Each vehicle needs to take the card in the entry ( this will be only for entry ) and provide one additional barricade in the exit where in the payment can also be done . With this i presume both agencies have no issues and you need not have an additional manpower to keep a check

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  • Karan, katapadi/Dubai

    Wed, Mar 14 2012

    Looking at the picture one can guess why this road is built with so many steep curves? Would it be better to construct straight road as much as possible, as this is Airport Road. There are no enough signs as many people drive from even Bhatkal or Kannur to Bajpe and how they will understand?

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    Wed, Mar 14 2012

    Even the present generation of school children do not argue like the police department.

    In stead of mud slinging, both should sit together and find a solution.

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  • RP, Mlore

    Wed, Mar 14 2012

    Best Solution is to install metal spikes which will obstruct and avoid the traffic from the opposite direction, unless there is some internal adjustement with the airport authorities (paisa)

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  • abdulla rawaha, bhatkal

    Wed, Mar 14 2012

    wow!!! awesome pics.... daijiworld jai ho..!!!!

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  • Imran, Mangalore/Qatar

    Wed, Mar 14 2012

    Atleast post a sign board stating its ONE WAY! Which can strike the common sense of motorist!

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