Navi Mumbai airport faces rising bird-hit threats as migratory bird flights are hit by wetland burials | Indiablooms

MUMBAI: Expressing grave concern over the chaotic actions of migratory birds attributable to reckless burial of wetlands and mangroves in Uran, environmentalists have cautioned the federal government and pilots that this might enhance fowl hit threats to flights on the upcoming Navi Mumbai Worldwide Airport.

The priority has been raised in mails to the President, the Prime Minister, Civil Aviation Minister and Chief Minister other than a bunch of business pilots’ our bodies on the perils of enjoying with the wetlands, the age-old touchdown websites for migratory birds, at the same time as CIDCO is racing towards time to launch the primary part of the Rs 16,000 crore Navi Mumbai Worldwide Airport (NMIA) inside the subsequent two years.

The birds which have been lacking their vacation spot have already began flying helter-skelter  and this course of, if unchecked, would trigger chaos within the sky, environment-focused NGO NatConnect Basis stated in its mails addressed to ALPA India, Indian Industrial Pilots Affiliation, Federation of Indian Pilots and Indian Pilots Guild.

“This isn’t a pretend alarm,” asserted B N Kumar, director of NatConnect Basis. The 130-year-old atmosphere NGO BNHS, which is finding out the fowl flight sample, has been repeatedly cautioning the federal government towards destroying the wetlands in areas beneath the garb of infrastructure improvement.

“Now we’re much more involved on the wetland destruction as a result of the Bombay Excessive Courtroom appointed Mangrove Committee orders to revive the destroyed wetlands have been ignored by the authorities, ” he stated.

The 289-hectare Panje Wetland in Uran alone, for example, attracts 10,000 to 200,000 birds through the migration seasons. “Think about 10,000 birds within the sky flying right here and there in quest of meals and resting place when you might have flights touchdown and taking off on the new airport,” stated “That is going to be a nightmare for any pilot,” he stated.

The State government-owned city planner CIDCO, the mighty Navi Mumbai SEZ and the centre-owned JNPT have all been liable for the destruction with an ostrich like perspective that the wetlands don’t exist, stated Nandakumar Pawar, head of Shri Ekvira Aai Pratishtan.

The wetland burial and mangrove destruction has already began inflicting unseasonal floods in a number of villages as tidal water discovered its personal course, he stated. All of the 5 tidal water inlets to Panje wetland, which have been blocked by vested pursuits, are but to be cleared regardless of the NGT and authorities orders, he identified.

Through the current supermoon occasion, the gushing hightide water flowed over the man-made limitations and entered elements of Panje wetland prompting some birds tagged by BNHS three years in the past to return demonstrating the location constancy – tendency to return to beforehand occupied place – of the avian species.

A BNHS workforce member finding out the fowl flight sample within the neighborhood of the airport undertaking stated the destruction of their touchdown locations is already resulting in competitors among the many birds resulting in chaos. The birds are flying all around the space in quest of the fitting place. BNHS has warned in its collection of research that every one the wetlands in Uran space are essential for safeguarding the birds and the flights.

On this context, BNHS director Dr Bivash Pandav has harassed the necessity for conserving Panje and different wetlands because the secure havens for “these lovely birds”. Wetlands additionally act as city sponges, a pure flood management mechanism, he pointed and warned towards future flooding of the city settlements if these wetlands are buried.

Dr Pandav, whose examine workforce was not allowed to enter Panje wetland by NMSEZ safety guards not too long ago, stated the blocked water inlets should be cleared and the place should be conserved.

It’s unlucky that CIDCO has taken the “very unusual stand” by misquoting BNHS that the wetlands should be made unattractive to birds in view for the protection of the flights to the upcoming airport, Kumar stated. BNHS objection was in a unique context when CIDCO’s proposed mangrove park subsequent to the NMIA runway.

In the meantime, reacting to a mail from NatConnect, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has requested atmosphere forest departments to take additional the demand for implementing the earlier authorities’s choice to preserve Panje and TSC-NRI wetlands in Navi Mumbai as fowl sanctuaries, claimed the NGO. Then CM Devendra Fadnavis had declared within the CMO’s official Fb web page on December 4, 2015 that the State Wildlife Board had accepted the fowl sanctuary proposals, it stated.



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