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New cargo terminal at Srinagar airport due to be completed in July 2020


Kashmir is commencing construction of a dedicated cargo terminal at Srinagar airport in a bid to enhance the supply of goods and boost imports, according to airport director Akash Deep Mathur, who points out that there is great demand for the supply of goods to and from the separatist region.
"The general cargo terminal under Common User Domestic Cargo Terminal (CUDCT) is a project to be undertaken by Airports Authority of India (AAI). We have awarded the project to a contractor after proper tendering and the terminal building is expected to be ready in next 15 months," Mr Mathur was quoted as saying in a report by Greater Kashmir of Srinagar.
He said the new cargo terminal is also expected to accelerate the export of commodities and perishables from the Kashmir valley.
"Currently approximately 25 metric tonnes of cargo is processed from Srinagar on a daily basis. A positive growth is seen in the cargo operations and the new terminal building will be able to handle the expected doubling of tonnage in next one decade," Mr Mathur said.
The airport director said the general cargo terminal will be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities "such as a truck dock area, acceptance, delivery, storage and a holding area." A dedicated area will also be built to accommodate offices for airline customers and AAI.
"A canopy will be put in place on city side and air side for in bound and out bound cargo. There would also be a notified car and truck parking area," Mr Mathur said. "Digital ISDN and IP exchange will enhance the process of cargo operations at the proposed terminal. X-ray machine, computer motor driven weighing machines, forklift and trolleys will make process of cargo operations easier."
Construction work on the cargo terminal coincides with the new addition of SpiceJet, after one of its freighters arrived at Srinagar Airport, laden with 17 tonnes of cargo from Delhi.
"The test run of SpiceXpress freighter will pave way for freighter business in J&K [Jammu and Kashmir] region," said a tweet from AAI Cargo Logistics and Allied Services, a subsidiary of AAI.
Srinagar Airport is under direct operational control of the Indian Air Force, which controls its air traffic and the landing strip, as well as fire-fighting facilities and crash activities. Srinagar is the busiest among the three airports located in the Jammu and Kashmir region.

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