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AAI to open perishable cargo centre at Guwahati airport by March

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Guwahati: Airports Authority of India (AAI), and its cargo wing AAICLAS, will soon open its perishable cargo centre at Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport (LGBI Airport) in Guwahati, which is being built by Assam Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC). A team of AAI, AAICLAS and AIDC and officials from the state government visited the site, which is near its completion, on January 24 at Guwahati Airport.

The team was led by AAI’s Regional Executive Director (NER) Sanjeev Jindal, LGBI Airport’s Airport Director Ramesh Kumar, AAICLAS’s Deputy General Manager N Basha and AIDC officials.

The Guwahati cargo centre will handle 10,000 MT

The Airports Authority of India had leased 4,050 SqM of land to AIDC for a period of seven years from May 31, 2015, for establishing a centre for perishable cargo at Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Guwahati, with a capacity to handle 10,000 MT of perishable cargo with a nominal licence fee of Rs 1/per annum with no royalty. After the expiry of the seven-year period, the allotment will be made afresh as per AAI policy.

The backdrop

The foundation stone for this perishable cargo centre, being built by AIDC, was laid by Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal last year in January. He had said that the cargo centre will allow Assam to sell its fruits, vegetables etc in the markets of London, Singapore, Dubai and efforts are on to expand to the markets of Europe, America and South-East Asia.

Considered as a big leap for the state, the AIDC has developed CPC with an approach road at cost of Rs 1,984.32 lakhs (approximately), which will be shortly dedicated to the nation by the end of March 2020.

Cargo centre will function as ‘one-stop facilitation centre’

It will consist of state-of-the-art facilities as a ‘One Stop Facilitation Centre’ to process perishable cargo with customs EDI facility, with further forward and backward linkage project under TIES (Trade Infrastructure Export Scheme) by positioning airlines, freight forwarders, customs broker house, FPO’s, banks, plant quarantine and customs with 100 percent security complied (CPC), said AAI.

It will act as a gateway port for the seven sisters of the north-eastern region (NER) for the export of agricultural and horticulture products from NER, by maintaining a cold chain and with direct access to the apron at Guwahati Airport for airlifting export perishable cargo.
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