Cargo terminal for city airport ahead of biz meet
Chief minister Raghubar Das will inaugurate a cargo terminal at Birsa Munda Airport on Friday.
Airport authorities here on Wednesday said the terminal would be able to handle up to 50 tonnes of cargo everyday once it becomes operational.
Rakesh Singh, officer on special duty said,“Our efforts are directed towards getting the terminal ready before the global investment summit on February 16 and 17. We had received directives from the state industries department early in January. It is important for a state capital like Ranchi, which has immense potential for industries, to have a well-equipped cargo terminal.”
The terminal, which has been operating on a trial basis for the past few weeks, was scheduled to begin full-fledged operation by August.
The terminal is equipped with explosives trace detection devices, cargo X-ray machines, hardware security machines and CCTV cameras. Until now, the airport authority has not recruited any personnel to handle cargo.
Airport cargo manager, Z A Ahmed said, "We have only one executive for handling the terminal and the existing staff will be handling the workload at the new terminal. We will soon start recruiting more people.”
At the moment, the airport is short of cargo trolleys. The airport authorities said they will purchase more trolleys soon. Earlier on February 6, K. Ravi Kumar, director (department of industry), had conducted an inspection at the terminal and gave nod for inauguration of the cargo terminal on February 10 as per schedule.
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