New Delhi: Indian Air Force on Wednesday appealed to the citizens of Delhi to keep the city clean and avoid throwing eatables, garbage or carcasses in the open on days leading to the Republic Day due to flight safety concerns posed by birds.
Indian Air Force planes would be flying at heights varying from 60 m to 500 m on Republic Day and in days leading it for training procedures.
"Birds pose a serious threat to aircraft flying at low levels. Eatables thrown out in the open attract birds, so to ensure a safe fly-past, the Indian Air Force requests the citizens of Delhi, and its neighbourhood not to throw eatables and garbage in the open," an official statement said.
Responsible citizens are also requested to alert the nearest Air Force Unit or Police Station and report instances of carcasses found in the open, it said.
The vulnerable areas that come in the route include Palam, Najafgarh drains, Tihar Jail, War Cemetery and areas adjoining Rashtrapati Bhavan.