Sunday, September 20, 2015

Along with birds, airport wants wild animals out

Bhubaneswar: Along with their ongoing preparations to catch birds in the city airport to avert bird hits, Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) authorities have also embarked on an operation to catch the small wild animals and reptiles inhabiting the 800-acre airport premises.
Catching of birds would start by next week after all the grass on areas close to the runway is cleared off, said BPIA officials. So far more than half of the grass standing on both sides of the runway up to 25 metres has been cleared, they said.
Hundreds of wild animals and reptiles, including snakes of various kinds, jackals, civets, jungle cats, mongooses, Indian pangolins and large lizards, have been found living in the airport, mostly amid the tall grass.
Officials said these animals could pose danger to flight operations and the safety of parked aircraft and personnel. A cobra was spotted in the middle of the runway Wednesday afternoon when an Air India plane was about to take off.
20/09/15 Jayakrishnan Vu/Orissa Post
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