AIR CARGO COMMUNITY MOURNS THE LOSS OF AN IT MAN
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.