German, Dutch Canadian gadgets keep Amritsar airport bird-hit free

It has been three months since Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport at Amritsar reported any bird-hits. And the airport hopes to keep the slate clean in the coming months too.

The hope is based on a six-shot launcher imported from Germany, a laser gun-cum-torch brought in from Canada and a cylinder fired zone gun bought from a company in Netherlands. The airport may be struggling to attract new international airlines or to retain the already operating ones, but technologically speaking the airport has taken a hi-tech flight.

Ever since the gadgets were put in action mid-August, no bird hit has been reported despite the fact that the airport area is home to a large number of birds. Prior to their installation, the airport had reported four bird hits this year.

"This is a non-lethal system to scare the birds away. The cartridges of the six-shot launcher self destruct while air-borne and leave no residue, unlike the earlier system where the runway was often littered with the waste of the crackers used to scare away birds," DGM (Operations) at the airport Gagan Malik told The Indian Express.

The authorities use the laser gun-cum-torch in the night. "Once the ray of light light hits the birds, the winged creatures feel something moving on their body and take flight," Malik added. The 10 cylinder fired zone guns have been installed along the runway. Gas from the cylinder causes a loud explosion the timing of which can be controlled causing the birds to fly away.

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