Monday, September 25, 2017

Wild visitors at Mysuru airport

Even as Mysureans are yet to entirely experience the newly-functional Mandakalli Airport, it seems a few wild animals were seen enjoying the airport premises.

A couple of jackals and wild boars were sighted at the Mandakalli airport, which began functioning from September 21. Flights to Chennai began from here on Thursday.

But the airport authorities had a few moments of worry when they were planning to ensure commencement of the flights regularly, as the animals were sighted inside the runway of the airport and inside the secured compound of the airport a few days before.

Sources from the airport authority revealed that after

the animals were sighted the airport authority recently conducted a meeting to sort out the issues.

When Bangalore Mirror contacted Deputy Conservator of Forest (DCF) V Yedukondalu, he confirmed the presence of wild boars and jackals inside the airport.
“Airport authorities had spoken to us about the incident. The forest department has taken all necessary measures to send them back into the forest and also to avoid the animals’ entry. We also burnt crackers to send them out of the airport premises,” he said.

“Though these animals are not harmful and aren’t dangerous, we must ensure the safety of the passengers and also the animals. Since the area is on outskirts of the city and far from residential areas, the animals could have entered the airport,” he said.
25/09/17 Amit Kumar/Bangalore Mirror

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