Sunday, March 28, 2021

‘Remove meat shops, prune trees near Patna airport’

Patna: Sanjay Kumar Agarwal, the Patna divisional commissioner, on Saturday issued instructions to remove fish and meat shops in the vicinity of the city airport and prune trees for safe and smooth aircraft operations. He also directed the monitoring of the functioning of CCTV cameras in the airport premises.

Agarwal issued the instructions while chairing the meeting of the airport environment management committee.

Meat shops near the airport, including at Chitkohra railway overbridge and Aneesabad among others, have often have been cited as the reason for flights facing bird-hit incidents.

Similarly, trees around the airport, including those at Patna zoo and nearby government bungalows, are required to be pruned periodically to ensure an obstacle-free approach funnel for aircraft landing here. This is also done owing to the comparatively shorter length of the runway.

In his presentation at the environment management committee meeting, airport director Bhupesh C Negi pointed out that the height of the trees has increased beyond the permissible limit and needed pruning.

Accordingly, the divisional commissioner asked Patna divisional forest officer (DFO) to coordinate with the Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park (Patna zoo) to prune the trees.

The Patna Municipal Corporation was asked to remove the encroachment near the airport entrance and the boundary wall. The civic body has also been told to take care of the stray dog menace in the airport vicinity.

"Instructions have also been issued to shut the meat and fish shops near the airport. The SDO and the DSP concerned have been asked to initiate steps for the removal of such shops near the airport. The SDO and DSP will ensure closure of meat and fish shops at any cost," the divisional commissioner said.

28/03/21 Piyush Tripathi/Times of India

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