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.

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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.

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