Kolkata: A new private air cargo service
connecting the city with the North-East will be operational in
a week, giving a facelift to the region`s logistics system.
"The service will begin in a week`s time. Initially, it
will be operated between Kolkata and Imphal," Manosij Roy, the
director of Rudra GTL Aviation Pvt Ltd, said.
Roy said the company has wet leased two ATR 72 aircraft
from Deccan Cargo Express and Logistics (P) Ltd and these
would be co-branded by Rudra GTL and Deccan.
West Bengal Industry Minister Partha Chatterjee said the
government plans to set up more airports and seaports in the
state to facilitate faster movement of cargo.
"We are planning to set up airports at Behala, Haldia and
some other places," he said at the launch of the service here
Observing that it was impossible for business to grow
without proper logistics support, Transport Secretary B P
Gopalika said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was in touch with
the Centre for permission to develop the existing airfields at
Asansol, Balurghat and Malda for commercial flight operations.
Flights five times a week between Kolkata and Cooch
Behar, will begin from November 1, he said.
"Plans are also on to operate tourist helicopter services
from Kolkata to the adjoining areas and from Siliguri to
Darjeeling to help boost the tourism business," he said.
The Founder of Deccan Cargo and Logistics (P) Ltd Capt G
R Gopinath said his company had withdrawn its flights five
months ago due to the lack of integration with the supply
chain at the ground level.
"I am an incorrigible optimist. So when Rudra GTL came to
us and said they can create the last mile supply chain, we saw
in it a good opportunity," Gopinath said.
After introducing the service between Kolkata and Imphal,
Roy said, Rudra GTL will subsequently branch out to Guwahati,
Bagdogra and Agartala.
The company also has plans for pan-India operations with
chartered and passenger services, helicopter and air ambulance
services and airport infrastructure development, Roy said.