Sunday, July 23, 2017

Operations at international cargo terminal likely to begin soon

Visakhapatnam: Operations from the international cargo terminal at the Visakhapatnam airport are likely to commence in a couple of months if everything goes well.

The proposal has been hanging fire for over four years now.

The AP Trade Promotion Corporation (APTPC), which had bagged the contract two-and-a-half years ago, could not carry out the works as its contract was cancelled by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) at that time on ‘technical grounds’.The AAI was averse to awarding the contract to the APTPC as it owed some dues for works done at the Begumpet airport in Hyderabad.

The reasons had been reported under the headline, ‘Air cargo complex caught between two agencies’, by The Hindu (February 5, 2013).

The AAI is the owner of the land and buildings on which the airport is located and the APTPC is the custodian of the international cargo operations.

“The tender of the APTPC was approved about a week ago. It would now have to provide the logistics at the international cargo terminal. It would be given about two months time to provide infrastructure. Precious time has been lost and I am hopeful that the international cargo terminal will begin at least now,” Visakhapatnam MP and State BJP president K. Haribabu told The Hindu when contacted on Tuesday.
23/07/17 B. Madhu Gopal/The Hindu