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Airport authorities bat for proper waste disposal to avoid 'bird hits'

Kolkata: In a stride towards curbing incidents of bird hit at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport, the airport director has urged all the municipalities in and around the
vicinity of the airport to have a proper waste disposal system in place.
"I have requested the concerned officials to maintain a suitable garbage disposal mechanism, as well as proper cleaning of the drainage system in the localities surrounding Kolkata Airport, to avoid any bird hit," airport director Atul Dikshit said.
The meeting of the Airfield Environment Management Committee was held at the airport director's office on Thursday, under the chairmanship of Atri Bhattacharya, state Home and Hill Affairs Secretary.
"Opening of meat shops, waste disposal system and drainage system around the vicinity of the airport were the major points of discussion, as they are the primary causes of attracting birds around the airport," a senior airport official said.
A request was also made by the airport director to the concerned authority to ask the Forest department officials to give permission to use tranquilisers for catching wild animals around the airport.
Apart from senior officials of Airports Authority of India, representatives from municipalities, state Pollution Control Board, PWD, CPWD, Irrigation department and other stakeholders were also present.
Another meeting of the Aerodrome Committee was also held on Thursday. "Measures taken during any eventuality of hijacking were deliberated in the meet. Role and responsibility of all the government agencies and stakeholders involved was also discussed and re-emphasised," the official added.
Before the two important meetings, a mock anti-hijacking drill was conducted, wherein the response time of various agencies involved in the exercise was checked.
"We are constantly conducting various exercises to ensure that our concerned employees are ready to tackle any sort of emergency situation at the airport," the official
said.

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