The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) got a pat from the senior officials of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for its cleanliness drives around the Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA). While discussing preparatory steps for the coming monsoon season, the meeting convened by the AAI was also attended by officials of the Indian Meteorology Department, BMC, CISF, Civil Aviation Wing of the State Government and other line departments associated with the airport.
A senior AAI official in his speech congratulated the civic body for strict vigil and shift of the meat and fish shops around the airport to distant places so that the bird hit chances have gone down along the flight path of the runway. The AAI authorities, however, requested the civic body to coordinate the drain de-silting process around the airport with other departments concerned so that water logging would not be an issue during monsoon months. It is learnt that BMC is going to coordinate with Public Works and Water Resources Departments so that the drain de-silting work will get a shot in arm and the airport area will not suffer from water logging.
In the past the AAI authorities had raised the issue of water-logging caused by the drainage problem and congregation of birds near the water-logged area inviting birds and creating threat of bird-hit cases near the flight path. During the meeting cutting and pruning of trees around the airport, cleanliness issues and garbage management work were discussed at length.
Mayor Ananta Narayan Jena asked the BMC officials to take up the coordination work with other departments to manage possible water-logging in and around airport to ensure better and comfortable journey by citizens. It can be mentioned here that while the Water Resources Department is looking after the major drainage channel no. 8 passing by the airport boundary wall, another drain under PWD is lying along the City-Women’s College -Gandamunda Road.
With around 20 flights per day the city airport is currently hoping to have its direct international flight to the Middle-East, South East Asia or any such popular world destination points. Safety, security and cleanliness has become vital in the aviation sector calling for united effort from all stake holders as per the international aviation security norms.