Things seem to be looking up for exporters and cargo handlers in Kolkata, with the state government set to relax the cargo regulations from the airport and the port area a week after Durga Puja. The home department is in touch with the brass of Kolkata Police over ways to tackle the problem following letters from the Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT), representations from Federation of Indian Export Organisation (FIEO) and other export houses.
FIEO deputy director general Devdutta Nandwani ex ral Devdutta Nandwani expects the relaxations after Pu ja. “Exporters are losing heavily due to the restrictions,“ he said. A tea exporter said that in only tea, the export of containers had gone down to 3,000 from 28,000. “Iron ore exporters are also suffering,“ he said. Arranging labour for loading and unloading for night movement has also become a major issue.
Even project cargo that arrives at the Kolkata Dock System (KDS) is at risk of delays.According to sources, the ministry of defence has expressed concern as cargo for the Indian Air Force base at Panagarh is arriving by ship at KDS. Lockheed Martin, that supplied C-130Js to the Air Force.
Bartaman Patrika epaper 04-10-2016: http://epaper.prabhatkhabar.com