Tuesday, September 01, 2020

‘Educate Surat airport staff on wildlife’

Surat: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has said that authorities at Surat airport may not be aware of the intricacies of Wildlife Act and are required to be educated by the forest authorities on the dos and don’ts in handling wildlife intrusions and transgressions.
This was stated in reply to a complaint filed by a citizen Sanjay Ezhava alleging negligence on part of the Surat airport authorities for not informing about the carcasses of two dead foxes found on the runway to the forest department
In his complaint to AAI, Ezhava had stated that the Surat airport authorities failed to inform the forest department about the December 19, 2019 incident. Despite the fact that the foxes fall under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, the carcasses were disposed of without informing the forest department.

Responding to the complaint, executive director of AAI’s aviation safety, J S Sandhu has stated that the Surat airport authority will be apprised to undertake joint full-fledged combing operation with the forest department to take appropriate remedial steps for plugging the source of animal intrusion into the airport premises. “We feel that may be at some point the airport authorities may not be aware of the intricacies of the Wildlife Act and it would be appreciable if you could exhort the appropriate forest authorities at Surat to educate the airport staff and the population living on the periphery of the airport on the dos and don’ts in handling wildlife intrusions and transgressions,” Sandhu said.

About the incident, Sandhu stated that the pilot of Udaipur to Surat flight had reported the presence of some foreign object debris (FOD) on the runway on December 19, 2019. The team was sent to inspect the runway and it was reported to have found some remains or carcass in the smashed condition.
01/09/20 Times of India
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