Thursday, February 15, 2018

AAI, corpn may join hands to reduce bird hits

Chennai:  Concerned at the increase in reports of suspected bird hits at Chennai airport, the Airports Authority of India plans to set up with CSR (corporate social responsibility) funds a solid waste management plant in Pozhichalur which falls in the approach path of planes come in to land. Indiscriminate dumping of garbage in the neighbourhood attracts birds.
Though most suspected bird hits are, following inspection of planes, proved wrong, quite a bit of time is lost in the procedure triggered when pilots inform ATC and ground engineers about seeing birds while landing.
The project proposed will not only help the neighbourhood to reduce garbage pile-up but will also have an indirect benefit for the airport in minimising bird hits.
Airport director G Chandramouli said a project proposal for a plant at Pozhichalur would be sent to AAI headquarters soon. "It will be approved based on the funds available under CSR scheme. Once approved we will take up the work. It will be useful for the residents. There will be an indirect benefit for the airport."
He was speaking on Wednesday on the sidelines of a function where a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between AAI and Greater Chennai Corporation to set up a 32.6 lakh solid waste management plant near Tirusulam Railway Station. The plant, which will benefit the 2.5 lakh residents in the area, is expected to be completed by June. E Karunanidhi, who represents Pallavaram in the state assembly, was present.
15/02/18 Times of India
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