A warehouse for cargo and logistics will transform Delhi, to an international cargo hub

Cargo — By on April 20, 2010 at 7:14 am

The Planning Commission had recommended that Delhi be developed as
an international air cargo hub.

The GMR Group, which operates Delhi and the Hyderabad international airports, has decided to set up a warehousing facility near the airport at Delhi, this year. The establishment of such a facility near the Delhi Internationalairport has been a long-standing demandof the freight forwarding community. The facilitythat exists today is a small one operated bythe local chapter of the Air Cargo Agents Associationof India (ACAAI).

GMR has a similar setup in Hyderabad.The demand for the establishment of a cargovillage has been gaining momentum ever sincethe Delhi airport was handed over by the Government-run Airports Authority of India (AAI) toGMR, the private operators. The manner inwhich GMR has been running the Hyderabadairport has earned it laurels and therefore reasonenough for the demand to have becomestronger. What has, perhaps pushed the airportoperator to embark on plans to start thewarehousing facility is the recommendation ofthe Planning Commission.More on the lines ofa cargo village, the Delhi one – the plans forwhich have been drawn up for execution fromaround September this year – will be built onmore than100,000 sq metres.

The airport operators hope that Delhi’sfacilities would be better than those availableat Hyderabad. Hyderabad’s international aircargo complex spans an area of 10 acres.

Of this, three acres have been allocatedfor cargo processing and storage. Of the totalarea of 14,330sqm,the internationalair cargo complex is on 6,610 sq m whileplex has 4,346 sq m. Managed by a joint venturebetween the GMR Hyderabad InternationalAirport Limited and the UK-based Menzies,the cargo section has a hi-tech facility capableof handling 100,000 tonnes annually.

The Planning Commission is the Governmentof India institution that formulates thecountry’s Five-Year Plans and is entrusted “tomake an assessment of the material, capitaland human resources of the country, includingtechnical personnel, and investigate the possibilitiesof augmenting such of these resourcesas are found to be deficient in relation to thenation’s requirement,” which states setting upof dedicated air cargo villages, as is the normworldwide. These cargo villages around majorairports would have an integrated cargo infrastructureand would be single window setupsto provide forward and backward linkages.

While the airport-based cargo villagescould be managed by the airport operator, theoff-airport villages could be developed by logisticsoperators.

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