Tripura Transport Minister Sushanta Chowdhury on Friday inaugurated Northeast India’s second largest air cargo terminal at the Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport in Agartala.
The largest such facility of Northeast exists at Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati.
With a handling capacity of 40,150 MT annually, which is 10 times the present demand, this new building was constructed at a cost of Rs 17 crore and cargo handling facility at the airport was restored after being shut since December 4 last year due to the absence of security vetting by regulatory body, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS).
Due to suspension of services traders and postal services has faced inconvenience.
“Today I inaugurated the domestic air cargo terminal, which will play a pivotal role in flourishing the state’s economy. Tripura has witnessed massive growth in connectivity over the last few years. The airport has been upgraded keeping in view future needs,” the minister said during the inauguration programme.
Chief Minister Manik Saha, in his recent visit to New Delhi called on Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and urged him to facilitate the opening of the terminal. A team of BCAS officials visited the state on April 10 and 11 and cleared security vetting at the terminal.
The facility has Provisions for storing both perishable and non-perishable goods. The entire premises is under CCTV surveillance and has fire fighting equipment, an AAI official said.