Guwahati: A one-day workshop on ‘Northeast India Freight Connectivity and Logistics’ was held at Guwahati on June 6 where Airports Authority of India (AAI), along with PWD, state government departments and concerned stakeholders participated. The workshop was inaugurated by Dr HB Sarma, Minister, PWD, and the government of Assam, in the presence of dignitaries from the state government and World Bank.
As a key stakeholder in air connectivity, Sanjeev Jindal, Regional Executive Director (North Eastern Region) explained in detail the major initiatives that AAI is taking regarding air connectivity and improving cargo facilities in NER states. Guwahati is considered to be the gateway to NER states and the city airport has all major facilities to export air cargo from Guwahati to other parts of the world. The facilities at Guwahati airport cargo complex include the establishment of a custom EDI service centre for online necessary document clearance and plant quarantine facility with major export agencies.
In his presentation, Jindal said that apart from Guwahati, the domestic cargo services from other stations like Imphal, Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Agartala is available and AAI is in the process of setting up domestic cargo facilities at Silchar, Dimapur and other stations. Jindal invited members of the World Bank and Asian Development Bank to invest in the aviation sector as India is one of the fastest growing markets in the world, and is expected to be third largest.
On Jindal’s initiative, a stakeholders’ meeting is scheduled to be held at AAI, Regional Headquarter, Guwahati, where officials from World Bank, Asian Development Bank, airlines, cargo, transport department and concerned stakeholders will participate.
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