Thursday, March 09, 2017

Modi’s visit delayed customs inspection at Surat airport

Surat: Had Prime Minister Narendra Modi not landed at the Surat airport for his onward journey to Dahej and Bharuch for the inauguration of the cable-stayed bridge and petrochemical complex on March 7, authorities at the Surat airport would have got the clearance from for customs notified airport.
Dreams of the Surti fliers to international destinations may take a while before they are realized in form of the customs notified airport and the permission to start the limited international operations.
Official sources said that senior officials from the customs department, as directed by the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), were supposed to inspect the modifications, which are underway inside the terminal building, for getting the status of the customs notified airport on March 7. However, the inspection had to be cancelled following the arrival of PM Modi at the airport, from where he flew to Dahej in the chopper.
At present, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) has taken up the modification of the terminal building on war footing. Separate counters and facilities are being created for the domestic and international operations. The customs officials were to visit the airport to inspect the spot for setting up of the customs clearance and the office of the customs department.
09/03/17 Times of India