Due to a lack of air freight space hindering the export of perishable goods in the Indian state of Gujarat, the government has decided to build a air cargo complex at the Ahmedabad airport to be undertaken by Gujarat Agro Industries Ltd (GAIL) at a cost of INR50 million (US$0.89 million), according to the Shipping Gazette.
Over the last few years, key products from the state could not be exported at high season because there was no air cargo facility, relying heavily on exporting from south Gujarat and on to Mumbai airport. Mumbai airport accounts for 40 per cent of its vegetables shipped abroad and 25 per cent of its fruit.
The UK and Dubai are its biggest importers of products which include capsicum, tomato, ladies finger, exotic flowers and fruit like mango.
The project has suffered a two-year delay due to land-related issues, said GAIL managing director NK Singh cited a report from New Delhi's Indian Express. "Finally, the Airport Authority of India, Ahmedabad, provided us land on lease. We are waiting for the final nod from the customs," he added.