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Plan to tackle bird menace in Imphal Airport
Correspondent IMPHAL, Mar 14
Published on 14 Mar. 2010 11:42 PM IST
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A comprehensive plan to control bird-menace and reduce bird-strike rate is underway at Imphal airport. The airport is in process to upgrade into an international airport with night landing facilities. The Airfield Environment Management Committee (AEMC) of Imphal airport in its first meeting decided to formulate comprehensive plan to control the bird-menace and reduce bird-strike rate at the airport, an official source said. The plan will be keep in mind the environment within the airport by using organic means to control breeding of insects and pests in stagnant water bodies around airport. No major incidents have been reported so far however statistical data of aircraft movement and the number of bird-hits in last year, has cause serious concern regarding frequency of bird-hits, from operational point of view and in line with the enforcement of rule 91 of aircraft act, 1937, sources said. The state forest department (wildlife wing) has been asked to take up an extensive study of the birds, their types, breeding grounds and migratory pattern in and around Imphal airport for implementation of the programme. The AEMC will be drafted by the veterinary and animal husbandry, forest department, health department, along with the state transport department being the Nodal Agency for aviation related activities in Manipur. Meanwhile sources also disclosed that the installation works for Solar Power Obstruction Light (SPOL) at the four hills, Baruni (Nongmaijing) hill, Heibok hill, Chingphu hill and Phunal Maring hill surrounding the Airport to facilitate landing of planes during night time have been completed.

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