Friday, June 26, 2020

Made-in-China airport utility reaches city, beats import bump by a whisker

Kolkata: A passenger facility at Kolkata airport that was threatening to become a casualty in the China-India skirmish 2,500-km away has managed to scrape through by the skin of its teeth.
The final consignment of automatic tray retrieval system (ATRS) from Shanghai in China reached the airport on Monday, putting to rest fears that the Rs 36-crore project could get caught in the ban cry against Chinese products following anger fuelled by the brutal killing of 20 Indian soldiers by Chinese troops in Galwan Valley, Ladakh, on June 15.
ATRS is meant to automatically send trays, on which passengers place cabin baggage items for screening, back to the preparation area for others to use. The system enables CISF officers to screen twice the number of bags than they currently do in an hour.

“We were rather tensed about the fate of the ATRS consignment that began arriving in batches earlier this month. Two consignments were still en-route when tensions with China flared up. Thankfully, they have now arrived, the last of them this Monday, barely hours before Customs clearance of Chinese goods into Kolkata port and airport got held up,” said an official.

The project that was to be completed much earlier got caught in the coronavirus pandemic. The first delay was owing to travel restrictions on Chinese nationals to stop the spread of Covid-19.
26/06/20 Subhro Niyogi/Times of India
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