Sunday, June 06, 2021

DGCA, IGF to look into bird-hit threats at Navi Mumbai airport

In a significant development, the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the Inspector General of Forests (Wetlands) are separately looking into the environmentalists’ complaints of rising bird-hit threats to flights at the upcoming Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA) due to the rampant destruction of wetlands in and around the project area.

Activists have said that the indiscriminate destruction of wetlands and mangroves in Uran under the guise of development has begun to create a tussle among hundreds of thousands of migratory birds, thus forcing them to land in the upcoming NMIA area for nesting and roosting.

Environment NGO NatConnect Foundation filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the DGCA to know the mitigation measures planned for air safety in view of the bird-hit threats looming large.

The status report on the RTI site shows that two top officers from air safety and aerodrome standards are looking into the matter, said B N Kumar, director of NatConnect Foundation.

The Ministry of Environment and Forests, in its status report, indicated that the IGF-WL has been asked to look into the burial of wetlands.

06/06/21 Mrityunjay Bose/Deccan Herald

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