Central Railways spends Rs14 lakh in 60 days to keep birds at bay

In past two months, the Central Railway (CR) has spent more than Rs13.7 lakh on bird repellents between Kalyan and Thane. According to a CR authority, the railways has been facing this problem for quite sometime now, with birds, especially pigeons and crows, building their nests on overhead equipment (OHE), poles and pantographs, often disrupting rail traffic.

In past two months, the Central Railway (CR) has spent more than Rs13.7 lakh on bird repellents between Kalyan and Thane. According to a CR authority, the railways has been facing this problem for quite sometime now, with birds, especially pigeons and crows, building their nests on overhead equipment (OHE), poles and pantographs, often disrupting rail traffic. The overhead wires or a train’s pantograph come in contact with the twigs used to build the nests and cause technical glitches.

As authorities have been looking for a permanent solution to shoo the birds away from the wires and other sensitive places on the tracks, it has been applying non-toxic repellents like gels, paints and other wooden repellents on the equipment that could prevent birds from nesting there. “There have been many instances of birds disrupting rail services, with their nests on portals that hold overhead wires causing short circuits and power failures that delays services. The problem worsens every summer,” CR public relations officer AK Singh said.

In the last two months, railway officials have removed over 200 nests in Thane and its adjoining stations, which they claim have caused at least 6-7 minor disruptions.

According to an official, the railways had tried dangling wooden sticks like scarecrows from the electric poles last year. Weights or wooden sticks attached to threads would sway with the wind and scare the birds off.

“This didn’t deter birds from building nests on the poles or OHE. It somehow proved effective in the western lines as in past one year, there have been fewer disruptions due to birds,” the station master at Thane station said.

http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/1831427/report-central-railways-spends-rs14-lakh-in-60-days-to-keep-birds-at-bay

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