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Modalities being worked out

THE MOVE to set up international air cargo facility and extension of airstrip has received the much-needed push at a crucial meeting convened by the Industries Department Principal Secretary at Bhopal last week.

india Updated: Mar 05, 2006 16:36 IST

THE MOVE to set up international air cargo facility and extension of airstrip has received the much-needed push at a crucial meeting convened by the Industries Department Principal Secretary at Bhopal last week.

Those who attended the meeting included SDM Chandramauli Shukla, Sanjay Swarup from Container Corporation of India, Confederation of Indian Industries Indore and Bhopal office-bearers, Audyogik Kendra Vikas Nigam, Central Excise and Customs officials and Airport Authority of India (AAI) Executive Director Roshan Lal, who later visited Indore for the first time to inspect the airport.

Although differences erupted over payment of salary to excise staff by AAI, which is the custodian and has to execute a bond of Rs 5 crore, the major barrier imposed by Airport Authority was that it wanted an assurance and statistics to prove that Indore had enough scope to commence air cargo operations.

Since the appropriate statistics were unavailable, AAI insisted that it would be impractical to commence operations unless 500 tonne air cargo was available every month. The other participants reiterated that it wouldn’t be a difficult task since Ranbaxy alone generates cargo of 250 tonne and Tata International Limited generates 150 tonne every month. Finally, the task to compile statistics on volume of cargo available from Indore was entrusted to CII.

CII, on its part, has distributed questionnaire to member industries to seek information on air cargo they would generate every month. SDM Shukla is expected to forward a compiled report to AAI next week.