VISAKHAPATNAM: Although facilities are being upgraded for the passengers at the Visakhapatnam International Airport, most of the visitors who either go to see-off or receive their relatives and friends express that lack of toilets near the terminal building is causing a lot of inconvenience.
Poonam K, who visited the airport recently, said, “My parents' flight was three hours late. I had no option but to wait for them and stand outside.
To my surprise when I looked for a washroom, I could not find any near the terminal building and I had to walk far to find one near the parking area which was also not well maintained. Since visitors are not allowed inside, I did not have the access to washrooms inside the airport,” she added.
While the facility of providing seating arrangement for the visitors with a capacity of 40 to people has been completed and two RO water plants have also been provided outside the terminal building, the renovation works of the washrooms which are 300 metres away from the terminal building have started.
Even direction boards have also been put up. The airport authorities said that the urinals had been changed, water system upgraded in the toilets and it would be made sure that they were cleaned daily.
Speaking to Express on the need of e-toilets, one each at both sides of the terminal building, airport director Vinod Sharma said, “The site inspection by the team from Eram Scientific Solutions Pvt Ltd has been completed and two sites have been selected for construction of e-toilets outside the airport.
Although a rough estimate of Rs 12 lakh (for both the e-toilets) has been made, the final estimation will be received on Tuesday, after which the works will start.” “The e-toilets shall start operating within a month for the convenience of the visitors,” he added.