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

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The precedence has been raised in mails to the President, the Prime Minister, Civil Aviation Minister and Chief Minister aside from a bunch of enterprise pilots’ our our bodies on the perils of having fun with with the wetlands, the age-old landing web sites for migratory birds, concurrently CIDCO is racing in direction of time to launch the first a part of the Rs 16,000 crore Navi Mumbai Worldwide Airport (NMIA) inside the next two years.

The birds which have been missing their trip spot have already started flying helter-skelter  and this course of, if unchecked, would set off chaos throughout the sky, environment-focused NGO NatConnect Basis acknowledged 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 environment NGO BNHS, which is discovering out the fowl flight pattern, has been repeatedly cautioning the federal authorities in direction of destroying the wetlands in areas beneath the garb of infrastructure enchancment.

“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 acknowledged.

The 289-hectare Panje Wetland in Uran alone, for instance, attracts 10,000 to 200,000 birds via 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,” acknowledged “That is going to be a nightmare for any pilot,” he acknowledged.

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

The wetland burial and mangrove destruction has already started inflicting unseasonal floods in numerous villages as tidal water found its private course, he acknowledged. All of the 5 tidal water inlets to Panje wetland, which have been blocked by vested pursuits, are however to be cleared whatever the NGT and authorities orders, he recognized.

Through the present supermoon event, the gushing hightide water flowed over the man-made limitations and entered components of Panje wetland prompting some birds tagged by BNHS three years previously to return demonstrating the situation fidelity – tendency to return to beforehand occupied place – of the avian species.

A BNHS workforce member discovering out the fowl flight pattern throughout the neighborhood of the airport endeavor acknowledged the destruction of their landing places is already leading to rivals among the many many birds leading to chaos. The birds are flying throughout the area in quest of the becoming place. BNHS has warned in its assortment of analysis that each one the wetlands in Uran area are important for safeguarding the birds and the flights.

On this context, BNHS director Dr Bivash Pandav has harassed the need for conserving Panje and totally different wetlands as a result of the safe havens for “these lovely birds”. Wetlands moreover act as metropolis sponges, a pure flood administration mechanism, he pointed and warned in direction of future flooding of town settlements if these wetlands are buried.

Dr Pandav, whose study workforce was not allowed to enter Panje wetland by NMSEZ security guards not too way back, acknowledged the blocked water inlets must be cleared and the place must be conserved.

It’s unfortunate that CIDCO has taken the “very unusual stand” by misquoting BNHS that the wetlands must be made unattractive to birds in view for the safety of the flights to the upcoming airport, Kumar acknowledged. BNHS objection was in a singular 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 environment forest departments to take further the demand for implementing the sooner authorities’s option to protect Panje and TSC-NRI wetlands in Navi Mumbai as fowl sanctuaries, claimed the NGO. Then CM Devendra Fadnavis had declared throughout the CMO’s official Fb internet web page on December 4, 2015 that the State Wildlife Board had accepted the fowl sanctuary proposals, it acknowledged.



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