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Cargo Talk - - Report -

Au­gust was a good month. Dur­ing a meet­ing of the Air­port Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee, it was de­cided to de­velop Pant­na­gar Air­port at Ut­tarak­hand as a cargo hub. This would ful­fill the needs of ad­ja­cent in­dus­trial ar­eas and in­crease con­nec­tiv­ity with more flights. Mean­while, the Indore Air­port is soon to get its own air cargo fa­cil­ity with five com­pa­nies in the race for the li­cence to run it. The draft of the Civil Avi­a­tion Pol­icy is likely to come out by early Septem­ber 2015.

Op­er­a­tors trans­port­ing their cargo via rail­ways have a rea­son to re­joice as two Ded­i­cated Freight Cor­ri­dors (DFC) projects on the Western and East­ern routes have been sanc­tioned and are un­der im­ple­men­ta­tion. The unit cost of freight trans­port on the two cor­ri­dors will be lesser than that of In­dian Rail­ways.

Move­ment of cargo via ship­ping is again in fo­cus af­ter the Cochin Port wel­comed a trade del­e­ga­tion from the US and dis­cussed port-led in­vest­ments. Visakha­p­at­nam Port Trust will soon have a cold stor­age fa­cil­ity in its har­bour, en­abling ex­porters to store and ex­port their per­ish­able goods.

The Min­istry of Ship­ping has de­cided to pre­pare a Na­tional Per­spec­tive Plan (NPP) for the en­tire coast­line in six months, which will iden­tify po­ten­tial ge­o­graph­i­cal re­gions to be called Coastal Eco­nomic Zones (CEZs). Thirty projects for port aug­men­ta­tion and mech­a­ni­sa­tion of ma­jor ports have been tar­geted in the cur­rent year.

On the in­ter­na­tional front, an agree­ment be­tween Car­golux and Oman Air will see new freighter San­Jeet

Editor flights be­tween Mus­cat and Chennai, turn­ing the lat­ter into a cor­ner­stone for trans­porta­tion of cargo be­tween In­dia, the Mid­dle East and Europe.

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