Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 14:
With rising incidents of bird hit at the Biju Patnaik International Airport here, airport authorities have now written to the Odisha Forest Department to catch the birds and leave them elsewhere.
As per a recent study, there are about 49 species of birds living inside the airport compound and more than 100 species of bird living around the airport premises.
“We have given the Forest Department a proposal asking them to take the birds away from here and leave them elsewhere. If they approve the proposal, we are willing to take necessary steps to remove them from this place,” said Senior Manager of Airport Air Traffic Control Sharat Kumar Sahu.
Notably, there have been 57 incidents of bird hit in the past four years. While there were 10 such incidents last year, the number has already reached 11 this year with over three months still left in the year.
A bird hit not only proves fatal to the bird, but on most occasions leads to expensive repairs for the aircraft. A bird hit in the engine and windscreen can prove extremely dangerous for the plane too.
“A bird hit usually causes extensive damage to the aircraft. If any big incident happens here, it would ruin the reputation of not only the state but also the country. Besides, one of the things that international airlines insist on while signing MoUs is that the bird hit rates must be low. They can cancel the license if the rate goes up,” warned Airport Director Sharad Kumar.
The dense grass in the airfield is home to grasshoppers, which invite many species of birds. The small drain inside the airfield provides water to them while waste from hotels around the airport provides them with plenty of food. These birds live on the trees near the airport.