The Indore airport is facing a catch 22 situation with jackal and bird menace on the premises making it difficult for the administration to take a definitive action either way.
Even as the airport personnel have managed to capture two jackals, some 20-odd jackals are still hiding in the tall grass on the airport premises spread over 940 acres. "We have installed cages along the runway but have managed to capture only two jackals in the past one month," an airport official said.
On the evening of October 24, a jackal had come between the tyres of a Spice Jet plane while it was taxiing to the runway. The flight was delayed while a thorough inspection was carried out. Taking serious note of the incident, Indore airport authorities had held a meeting with the forest department personnel and made an elaborate plan to trap the jackals. Several cages were installed and food was kept as bait to lure the sly animal.
However, while grass near the runway has been cut, the problem is that completely removing the grass on the entire premises will lead to bird menace as they get attracted to insects and worms moving on the ground. In the past, the Indore airport has battled the menace of bird hits as the garbage lying in the open in nearby villages attracts birds.
"As for jackals, the problem is the topography over which the boundary wall has been built. There are depressions in the land at several spots and jackals have managed to enter the premises by digging under the boundary wall," a forest department official said. The airport personnel are now conducting a daily inspection of the perimeter wall to ensure that there are no breaches.
Forest department officials say that airports are generally located on the outskirts of the city and are surrounded by villages and areas without much habitation making it easier for wild animals to stray in. In the areas around Indore airport, jackal, wild dog and few other wild animals are found.