Thursday, June 11, 2020

‘Bird chasers’ back on job to ensure safety of flights at Jaipur airport

Jaipur: During lockdown, the Jaipur airport witnessed an increase in the movement of birds like sparrows, pigeons, crows and others. As the domestic flights resumed and international flights started arriving, the official ‘bird chasers’ are busy again in keeping the winged creatures away from the airstrip. The airport authorities have sound guns, firecrackers and other arrangements to keep them away. Also, a private company has been given a tender for migration of birds away from the airport.
Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) too has written to the airports to take precautions as movement of domestic flights is increasing.
“We have 16 ‘bird chasers’ who work in two shifts and each shift has eight of them working around the airport, its strip and boundary. Our first shift is from 5 am to 1 pm and second shift is from 1 pm to 9 pm,” said Manphool Singh, assistant general manager (AGM), air traffic control (ATC), Jaipur airport who is in-charge of these ‘bird chasers’ on Tuesday.
Authorities said that while the movement of international and domestic flights started initially there were some problems. “Birds were surprised as in two months we merely had a few arrivals and departures of cargo flights. But when we started the movement in the initial two to three days we had a little problem,” said Singh.
Chandramohan, a bird chaser, who was on duty from 5 am on Tuesday, said, “Their presence is more during early morning and late evening. That time we have to be extra cautious. We are informed about the expected arrivals and departures prior to landing and take-off. Thus we prepare with firecrackers and sound guns to keep the birds away from the air strip and its boundaries.”
11/06/20 Ashish Mehta/Times of India

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