India Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. (ITDC) has bagged Indian Air Force’s (IAF) “SPEEDEX” (The Stores, Proactive, Efficient and Expeditious Despatch of Extra Size/ Wt Consignment) Cargo contract for “Surface Transportation” of consignment weighing above 35 kgs for ‘door to door delivery’. ‘SPEEDEX’ service by Air Force was formally launched at Air Force HQ (Vayu Bhawan), New Delhi by Air Mshl RKS Shera AVSM VSM, Air Officer in charge Maintenance.
According to the contract, ITDC’s travel arm Ashok Travels and Tours will ensure safe, reliable and secure movement of the Indian Air Force Surface cargo. The scope includes handling the consignments (collection and delivery) between IAF units located all over India. There are over 130 stations spread across the country. It will enhance support to Indian Air Force maintenance activities and improve operational preparedness, in the long run.
The service launch and agreement was signed in the presence of Air Mshl RKS Shera AVSM VSM, Air Officer in charge Maintenance and Ms Ravneet Kaur, IAS, CMD, ITDC; Sh. Piyush Tiwari, Director(C&M), ITDC along with senior officials of both the organisation at the Air Force Headquarters (Vayu Bhawan), New Delhi. Ashok Travels and Tours has been actively involved in Cargo handling through Surface, Air as well as Sea. In the recent times, ATT has handled several Cargo consignments for Defence forces and efforts are being made to get a larger share of the Cargo handling business in coming times.