Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Flights hit by smoke from burning garbage

Thick smoke emanating from the Naregaon dumping yard has be come a major problem for flight operations from the Aurangabad airport, especially during the evening hours.
Pilots and airport authority officials have complained to the Aurangabad Municipa Corporation about the fumes generated because of ram pant burning of garbage at the dumping yard near the city airport at Chikhalthana.
The situation has become worrisome to the point that the airport authorities are fearing possible termination of two evening flights from the city --a Delhi-Aurangabad-Mumbai flight and a Mumbai-Aurangabad-Mumbai flight. Three airlines offer services from Aurangabad to Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad Bangalore, Tirupati and Chennai.
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has received complaints from pilots about poor visibility due to the dense smoke engulfing the air near the airport. Aurangabad airport director Alok Varshneya said a meet ing was held with municipal commissioner Sunil Kendrekar on Tuesday where the garbage burning issue at the dumping yard was raised "There has been some relief after the AAI urged Kendre kar to look into the matter but a permanent solution is needed. The airport operates two evening flights. We fear that these services might get terminated if the problem persists," he said.
AMC solid waste management cell chief Shivaji Zanzan said, "Following the AAI complaint, we directed our conservancy staff to stop burning garbage. We also warned residents of stringent action if they are caught burning waste."
Zanzan said the solid waste management norms would be strictly implemented in the city and citizens will see a change within a year."We will be sending only 10% of the garbage to the dumping yard, while the rest will be recycled. This will not only address major issues related to garbage management but also give the city a clean look," he said.
06/01/16 Ranjana Diggikar/The Times Of India
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