Air cargo com­plex to come up in Jhark­hand

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A Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing was signed be­tween Air­ports Au­thor­ity of In­dia (AAI) and the Gov­ern­ment of Jhark­hand to open a cargo com­plex at the Birsa Munda Air­port, aim­ing to cater to the busi­ness of per­ish­able and non-per­ish­able items. The AAI has promised to com­plete the pro­ject in a year's time, while the State has com­mit­ted to put in ` 2 crore in two in­stal­ments. The op­er­a­tional costs will be borne by AAI.

The ter­mi­nal build­ing is pro­posed to be con­verted into the cargo com­plex. One of the ben­e­fits of this pro­ject is an en­hanced air­port se­cu­rity, since cur­rently cargo con­sign­ments are han­dled by air­line of­fi­cials, us­ing reg­u­lar pas­sen­ger scan­ners. A ded­i­cated cargo com­plex would use scan­ners which are more suited for cargo, thereby re­duc­ing risks of fer­ry­ing haz­ardous items.

Jhark­hand ex­ports green peas and toma­toes to other states, and with the com­ing of this cargo com­plex, these goods can be trans­ported in a more time­bound man­ner.

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