Cargo Village at BIA is still half full

Even though the Village was inaugurated in 2008, so far only 50 per cent of the units have been occupied by the cargo agents. Considerable delay in throwing open the Village for commercial activities could be the reason, said sources in Air Cargo Agents Association of India (ACCAI).

Air cargo agents are provided with only temporary warehouse facilities. Even though, the warehouse was to start its operations in 2009, the Village started functioning only a few months ago.

Moreover,  a greater majority of the over 500 cargo agents in the City have set up their own separate warehouses near the airport.

"Due to delay in the opening up of the Village, a large number of agents opted to set up their own warehouses on the stretch between Sahakarnagar and the airport," said a senior member of ACCAI.

Though the cargo agents are expecting growth in the next year, issues related to infrastructure may hamper the growth of the air cargo industry in the City, he noted.

An agent has to shell out Rs 5,000 to own a mini office unit and 750 sqft of space costs Rs 15,000. Despite such high rent, the Village lacks basic infrastructure facilities, claimed the cargo agents.

"Warehouses at the BIA lack broadband connection and other facilities. Also, there is no provision for transshipment of cargo. Even, the public-bonded warehouse facility is not available at the airport’s cargo terminals,” said another cargo agent. 

The facility located near the cargo terminals at the airport was set up to strengthen Bangalore's position as a trade and commercial hub, while ensuring faster clearance of import and export consignments.

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