The step is being taken in order to prevent any obstructions due to the birds and animals during flight landing and take-off
The Lucknow district management has issued a slew of measures to step up safety vigil within a 10-km radius of Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport. As per reports, a designated monitoring team will be stationed here to surveil round-the-clock operations at the Amausi airbase and prevent any mishaps or obstructions caused during landing or take-off. The Divisional Commissioner has also sounded special care to ensure that the airport runway and vicinity are clear of any obstructions or stray animals, regulating smooth flight operations.
Airport security raised to prevent animal intrusions
There have been several cases of animal accidents and accidents due to stray animals near the Amausi airport in Lucknow, sometimes leading to casualties. The issue was reviewed during a meeting of the environmental management regarding the security arrangements at the airport, where Divisional Commissioner Ranjan Kumar directed officials to amp up monitoring in the region.
Under the ambit of this protocol, all butcher shops within the earmarked 10-km radius of Lucknow Airport will be shut down. Proper disposal of garbage and animal carcasses should also be ensured, as these things attract birds which can disturb air traffic. Officers have been asked to always remain alert to prevent any mishaps caused due to animal intrusions.
Officials have also been tasked to regularly check the safety standards of food shops and other raw settlements in the region. Any action, material or system which may hamper airport operations will be razed. Immediate action will be taken if there is any slip, added the Divisional Commissioner.
Second lane created at the airport to ensure hassle-free pickup & drop
Amid the spiked passenger footfall, the number of flights at Lucknow airport has also reached close to 100, the highest since the onset of the COVID pandemic. This heavy traffic often results in vehicular congestion near the airport, especially hampering pick-up and drop services.
As such, a second service lane has been created for the benefit of passengers near the gates to facilitate seamless movement. The second lane will mainly be used by passengers arriving in a taxi, while the first lane will be for private vehicles.
-With inputs from Pawan Kaushal