The Airport Authority of India (AAI) will appoint a nature conservation NGO to study the bird-hit pattern at the Chennai airport. This comes at a time when the airport is plagued with emergency landings by flights when birds collide with the aircrafts. This year, there have been five instances of birds bumping into aircrafts as of October.
The study, which will be commissioned within three months, will suggest mitigation plan to the airport authorities, said Airport Director H.S. Suresh. The AAI will soon float a tender for deciding the NGO which will conduct the study
“Experts say that bird-hit pattern changes once in five or six years; but it has been nearly ten years since a study was conducted at the airport. So, we decided to redo the study now. It may last for a year and will look into migration and nesting pattern of birds,” he said. Such studies have been conducted earlier in other cities in India as well, he added.
The steps the NGO suggests will be discussed by AAI officials and the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board authorities. The study will also look at the previous years’ records and observe the type of birds that have been hit, whether they are seasonal or unseasonal and where they come from.
“Within ten kilometre radius of the airport, they should not be garbage dumping yards, slaughter houses etc. since it may attract birds. But the Adyar River and the dense vegetation of the Officers’ Training Academy (OTA) at St. Thomas Mount attract many birds and these also move towards the airport,” Mr. Suresh added.