Wednesday, November 07, 2018

High risk of ‘bird hit’ at site for Navi Mumbai airport, warns study

Mumbai: The site of the Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA) faces a “high risk of bird hit”, according to a five-year environmental study conducted by the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) between 2012 and 2016.

“Navi Mumbai harbours a very high bird diversity, which is being threatened by fast-paced development,” states the study, which observed around 287 species within 10 km of the proposed site since December 2011.

According to the BNHS, as many as six “globally threatened” and eight “near threatened” species, including the Lesser Flamingo and Black-headed Ibis, were seen in abundance at the site during the study period.

The BNHS will now conduct a ten-year study in consultation with City Industrial and Development Corporation (CIDCO) on ways to reduce bird hits at the upcoming airport. This study would involve understanding the migrating patterns of birds and suggest measures for ensuring minimum disturbance to their habitat.

“After the report showed chances of bird hits at the airport, we approached the BNHS for consultation. Based on their inputs, we will implement the design plans and take required action. We will pay them a fee of Rs 10 crore for consultation over the ten years,” a senior CIDCO official said.
07/11/18 Neha Kulkarni/Indian Express