AIR CARGO COMMUNITY MOURNS THE LOSS OF AN IT MAN

Cargo Talk - - Industry Events -

Gurmeet Singh, gen­eral man­ager, DIAL, re­spon­si­ble for In­te­grated Cargo Man­age­ment Sys­tem at Cargo Ter­mi­nal, IGI Air­port, passed away on Septem­ber 13 due to car­diac ar­rest. He was 52 years old and is sur­vived by his wife, son and a daugh­ter.

Singh had a very pleas­ing per­son­al­ity and help­ing na­ture. Pro­fes­sion­ally, he had an ex­pe­ri­ence of 28 years in in­ter­na­tional air cargo. He worked for Cen­tral Ware­hous­ing Cor­po­ra­tion (CWC), then joined In­ter­na­tional Air­ports Author­ity of In­dia (IAAI) in 1987 and then DIAL in 2007.

Singh ven­tured into Cargo IT field in 1989 as a be­gin­ner when IAAI com­put­erised their cargo op­er­a­tions. Soon he ac­quired tech­ni­cal skills re­quired to write soft­ware, de­sign sys­tem for­mats and run the Com­puter Cen­tre. In 1995, he was in­stru­men­tal in launch­ing ICMS at four metro air­ports of In­dia.

In 2006, he in­tro­duced EDI among Cus­toms, user Agen­cies and AAI in Ex­port Cargo op­er­a­tions and then in Im­ports. Of late, he was work­ing on var­i­ous Cargo IT projects to bring the en­tire coun­try on a com­mon plat­form and also pro­vid­ing Cargo IT sup­port to both the Cargo Ter­mi­nal Op­er­a­tors at IGI Air­port.

In­dus­try ex­perts say that Singh's sud­den demise has been a great loss for the en­tire air cargo in­dus­try, which is un­der­go­ing trans­for­ma­tion to e-freight.

Gurmeet Singh

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