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   Vol. 19 No. 29
Friday April 10, 2020
India Stops And Goes Air Cargo
Hyderabad Pharma Zone

  Before Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the three-week lockdown at 8:00 pm on March 24, freighter movement—without any restrictions—had been allowed. Soon after the announcement, the government has accorded permission to private airlines to operate passenger planes only with cargo.

Now Comes One-Time Access

  To facilitate movement of medicines and essential goods (in the lockdown the railways have been stopped and so has road transport) that have been getting stuck due to a blanket ban by states on transport of goods, the government has set up the Logistics and Suppliers committee.
  The committee has ordered that transporters be allowed to move goods through state and police check-posts with a one-time clearance.

DR. P. D. Vaghela and Pradeep Singh Kharola

   Heading the committee are Civil Aviation Secretary (the top bureaucrat in the aviation ministry) Pradeep Singh Kharola (above right) and Pharma Secretary Dr. P. D. Vaghela (above left).
  In addition, the civil aviation ministry has put in place an air cargo management group which will look into the movement of essential commodities across the country.

The Committee

  “An Air cargo management group for COVID-19 has been created with a dedicated team for smooth movement of cargo.
  “Ministry is adopting a hub & spoke approach to move essential commodities across the country,” said the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
  It also pointed out that “private airlines/freighters have been co-opted to link the request of States/UTs for smooth movement of essential items.
  “Additionally, ATRs of Alliance Air have been kept on standby at Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad,” the Ministry declared.

Hyderabad Airport Shines

  Even as the country battles shortages and clears supply lines, Hyderabad Airport’s air cargo unit is keeping the vital link of essential supplies fully alive and operational.
  The gateway described as an essential service, GMR Hyderabad Airport has been working round the clock in close coordination with the Customs, Ground Handlers, Forwarders, CHAs (Customs House Agents), Regulators, State Police, Cargo Trade associations, to keep the critical chain of essential supplies like medicines, medical equipment, pharma material, etc. seamlessly.
  Currently, GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo is handling more than 100 tons of export and import cargo daily.
  Of this, over 70 percent of the consignment comprises pharma and essential products.

Global Connections

  Hyderabad is currently handling 11 freighters weekly along with some special cargo charters, which connect Hyderabad with all major international destinations in the United States of America, European countries, Middle East, Africa, Far East, etc. are moving emergency supplies.
  On the job are 200-odd dedicated staff on every shift.
  Despite the cross border lockdown, with the help of regulators, domestic cargo from Hyderabad Airport is flying to the southern part of the country, including Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala, and also bridging the other states viz. Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, among others with vital cargo supplies.
Tirthankar Ghosh

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