Gannavaram: Cargo terminal for perishables
To serve the need of perishable commodities of Andhra Pradesh, the government is planning to set up a cargo terminal at Gannavaram.
A cargo terminal is likely to come up at Gannavaram. The visit of B Selvakumar, Joint General Manager, Airports Authority of India (AAI) has raised hopes over the elevation of the airport’s status. He interacted with representatives from AP Chamber of Commerce and Industry (APCCI), private airlines and other stakeholders. The discussions focused on the scope for building a cargo terminal at Gannavaram. Exploring the project’s viability, Selvakumar sought feedback from officials of Air India, Spice Jet, True Jet and Air Costa too. AAI is looking to build 25 cargo terminals across the country in this fiscal. Eight have been completed so far.
Apart from eggs, dairy products, fruits such as mango, papaya, markets at Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai also source the vegetables produced in Guntur, Krishna and West Godavari districts. In the absence of cargo handling facility at Gannavaram, traders are compelled to transport even perishable commodities to Hyderabad by road. From there, the goods are sent by flights to different destinations.
Potluri Bhaskar Rao, Executive Director, APCCI said, “They made a request to Selvakumar for provision of basic infrastructure such as screening equipment, a warehouse for storage of cargo and a cold storage plant for preservation of perishable goods at the airport.”
It is estimated that over 300 tonne of aqua products are transported by road from Krishna, West Godavari and East Godavari districts to the cargo terminal at Visakhapatnam daily for export for want of such a facility at Gannavaram.
The chamber is hoping that the Gannavaram airport is granted international status. Fresh vegetables from the region are being exported to the Middle East by air via Hyderabad at present.
Similarly, nursery seedlings and flowers produced in the surrounding areas of Kadiyam in East Godavari district are much in demand all over the world. A mega food park has been proposed and it will come up near Gannavaram while Gudivada is still under active consideration for development as an electronics hub.