Saturday, September 26, 2015

Unknown to authorities, bats nest inside Odisha airport premises!

Bhubaneswar: Tired of the bird menace in and around the airport, authorities of the Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) in Odisha’s capital city have procured costly gizmos and spend lakhs to drive them out. But curiously, they are not even aware of the birds that nest inside the campus itself!
There are quite a few trees around the old airport road that have nests of various small birds, including bat nests.

Airport authorities readily admitted that they had no knowledge about the existence of birds inside its premises. When it was pointed out, BPIA Director Sharad Kumar commented, “The area is inside our campus, but outside the operational zone.”

With growing incidents of bird hits at the airport, the Civil Aviation Ministry has already issued a warning to BPIA authorities asking them to get it under control or risk cancellation of permission to operate flights from the airport.
25/09/15 Odisha Sun Times
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