Monday, October 10, 2022

V K Singh optimistic of meeting 10 MT air cargo target by 2031

New Delhi: Speaking at a seminar organised by Foundation for Aviation Sustainable Tourism (FAST), V K Singh said air cargo plays a pivotal role in the economy of a nation. The nation can leverage this advantage by making efforts to achieve the air cargo target.  However, he lamented that we have focused more on passenger traffic than air cargo.

“We could have become an air hub for Central Asia 10 years back, but we kept waiting and Turkish airlines took it from us. The change in air cargo will come by both government and industry approach together,” the MoS for Civil Aviation said.

He further said, “Today by adopting technology everything can be simplified but our mental blocks have to go. The whole paperwork should go and it should be tech based. From the warehouse, the whole chain should start, all permissions should be on tech and not paper. There is a need for much faster clearance for perishable cargo.”

Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Chief Minister of Haryana Dushyant Chautala, said, “We saw in Covid times how critical role cargo played when we could send medicines and vaccinations in real time, which was not possible via waterways. We foresee India becoming a big player in the cargo industry.

The beauty of air cargo is that you can order a pen from one corner of the nation and it gets delivered by the evening in another corner.”

Senior Economic Advisor, Ministry of Civil Aviation Piyush Srivastava said, “We need to have a manufacturing base of aircrafts and aircraft components, leasing capability in the country, and the role of drones in the cargo industry is only said to expand exponentially. The biggest challenge is that we have been late mover in the race and we need to reach to the heart of the race quickly.

10/10/22 Statesman

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