Monday, July 08, 2019

AAI moves to curb bird hits at Tuticorin airport

Madurai: As Tuticorin airport is gearing up for expansion of the runway and its operations they are also working on a multipronged approach to mitigate bird hits. Though there are no recent incidents of bird hits in the airport, it has been an issue of many airports that not only affect flight movement or endanger passenger safety but are also affecting the reputation of the airport.
Airport director (APD) N Subramanian told TOI that recently they signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Tuticorin district collector Sandeep Nanduri for the execution of Solid Waste Management (SWM) in four villages adjoining near the airport – Mudivaithanenthal, Kartalangulam, Servaikaranmadam and Kumaragiri – in Tuticorin panchayat union at Rs 85 lakh.

“SWM is a key aspect to keep off birds from the air strip and the surrounding air space. The decision to implement it in the neighbouring villages was decided at the airfield environment management committee that is headed by the district collector. It is in addition to measures in place such as white flags at the boundary to scare peafowl, cutting grass near the airstrip to avoid insects (thereby not attracting birds) and crackers to scare birds,” he said.

Estimating the solid waste generation of these four villages with a total population of 26,575 at 6.94 tonnes a day, the SWM has been designed to be technical, economically viable with a proper mechanism to collection, transportation, segregation, recycling as well as a disposal infrastructure.
08/07/19 MK Ananth/Times of India

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