Chennai, June 1: A number of pigeons have been swarming the airport premises here for the last three days, prompting the authorities today to rope in a nomadic community to shoo them away.
Efforts by the airport personnel to shoo them away have failed as the birds come back again and again, giving anxious moments to the authorities.
As many birds were spotted around the runway today, authorities requisitioned the services of Narikorava community, who are well versed in shooing them away using traditional techniques, police said.
The gypsies were on the job to shoo the birds away, they added. As part of the State Safety Programme, preventing wildlife (bird/animal) strikes to aircraft was identified by Directorate General of Civil Aviation as one of the most important safety priorities.