The Bombay High Court today asked the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai to devise a policy to ensure that the area within ten km radius of Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport here remains garbage-free.
The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by lawyer Datta Mane which points out that garbage in the surrounding area attracts birds, which leads to incidents of `bird-hits' (birds running into flights).
The division bench headed by Justice Abhay Oka asked the MCGM to formulate a scheme to deal with the issue and file compliance report by January 9.
The petition says that apart from the hazard of bird-hits, local residents too are fed up with birds flocking there. Slaughter houses, meat shops and dumping grounds cannot be allowed within a 10 km radius of the airport premises, the PIL says.