Union civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Thursday said that his ministry would be examining proposals for developing exclusive cargo terminals in Madhya Pradesh for trading in perishables.
"It is a concept popular world over but India has not yet taken to it. If MP taps the sector, it would be a path-breaking step," the minister told the media after a meeting with CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan, state industries minister Yashodhara Raje and top management of public and private sector airlines in Bhopal.
Representatives of Air India, Jet Airways, Indigo, Spice Jet and Emirates were present in the meeting besides officials from the state government and ministry of civil aviation.
Raju said MP was the first state where such a meeting has taken place. While praising Chouhan for his efforts, he said the CM is not only thinking of expanding services of fixed wing aircraft but also choppers and cargo.
Earlier, chief minister said the officials of airlines looked into options of starting new flights connecting cities and towns in Madhya Pradesh.