Sunday, November 17, 2019

‘Remove illegal shrimp farms near the airport’

Surat: Navsari BJP MP, CR Paatil on Saturday demanded immediate removal of the illegal shrimp farms on government land surrounding the Surat airport. Attending the co-ordination meeting held at the district collector’s office, the MP took up the issue stating the risk these farms pose to the safe operations of flights to and from the airport.
The coastal areas of Dumas and Abhava villages near the mouth of the Tapi river are home to hundreds of shrimp farmers. During floods and high tide, water backs up and affects the low-lying areas near Dumas. “This attracts the birds who flock to feed on the shrimps posing great threat to the flights,” he said, talking to TOI.
In 2013, the airport authority had hire a professional agency for taking up the job of bird scaring for the smooth operations of the flights. While there has been only one reported incident of bird-hit in the airport, authorities are extra cautious for passenger safety.
Sources said that minor incidents of bird-hits go unreported as the airline pilots do not report about it to the AAI as the procedure may delay the flights by more than one or two hours. On an average, two to three minor bird hit incidents are reported in a month.
17/11/19 Times of India
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