Taking a serious note of the threat faced by flights taking off and landing at the international airport from frequent bird hits, the Bombay High Court on Thursday ordered chief secretary of the state to clarify what steps were taken to resolve issue of dumping grounds and slaughter houses, which attract birds in the vicinity of the airport.
“Just think about the air commuters, the risk they face due to bird hits,” said the division bench of Justice J.N. Patel and Justice S.C. Dharmadhikari adding, “Allowing garbage around the airport attracts birds and thereby life of passengers as well as the residents of the area is put in danger.”
The judges have now directed Municipal Commissioner Swadheen Kshatriya and Chief Secretary J.P. Dange to state the steps taken to shift all dumping grounds and slaughter houses beyond the airport’s 10 km radius.
The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by city lawyer Datta Mane raising concern over bird hits, which threaten lives of passengers and people residing in the vicinity of the airport.
Petitioner’s lawyer Kunal Cheema pointed out that the peripheral area of the airport was full of litter and garbage, which was the cause of bird hits in recent past.
Justice Patel said, “It is not that BMC is not aware of the seriousness of the issue and illegal slaughter houses in the area.”
“We think Mumbai does not require a corporation, there are more problems within the corporation itself,” he added.