Bird menace: BBMP dismisses HAL's charges

Bird menace: BBMP dismisses HAL's charges

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has dismissed allegations made by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) that the a stormwater drain near the HAL airport and the drains in the vicinity were not maintained properly.

Alleging that the birds are posing a grave threat to flight operations at the airport, the HAL authorities had blamed the bird menace to poorly maintained stormwater drain by the Palike.

The attributed the problem to the clogged drains, vegetation growth, presence of insects and butcheries that dispose of the meat in the area. BBMP Chief Engineer B S Prasad told DH “The stormwater drain, in the vicinity of HAL airfield, is being cleaned regularly. The  airport area itself is badly maintained by the HAL authorities. However, we will take appropriate steps to put a curb on bird menace.”

The HAL authorities complained that the drain carries sewage water along with wastes such as plastic bags, thermocol, coconut shells among others. They have urged the BBMP to take measures to remove solid waste in an around HAL airfield on a regular basis.

Chief of Media Communications, HAL, Gopal Sutar, said: “Around 50 test flights take off from HAL airport everyday. To ensure the free movement, the 10-km radius around the airport should be free from bird menace.”

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