BENGALURU: While Bellandur Lake’s fortunes may finally turn around once the plan to restore it is put into action, not everyone sees this as good tidings. An elaborate plan to rejuvenate the water body by May 2021 is ready, but Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) officials have struck a sour note. They say, the defence PSU wasn’t consulted when BDA drafted the action plan on the National Green Tribunal’s directive. Officials say HAL is a stakeholder in the water body — which keeps making headlines with metronomic regularity for frothing at the slightest hint of rain and spewing fire on and off — and is affected by its fortunes. They feel a rejuvenated lake would mean an influx of avian guests at the water body, raising the threat of bird-hits for aircraft taking off or landing at the facility. “Many VIP flights still use HAL Airport. When the lake is rejuvenated there will be a sudden rise in the number of birds in the area,” said an HAL airport official, adding, the defence PSU wasn’t consulted during the preparation of the action plan. “Birds like kites and hawks can be already spotted flying over Bellandur Lake. A bird-hit could prove costly,” the official added. HAL spokesman Gopal Sutar, however, sought to downplay his colleagues’ concerns over the lake’s rejuvenation; the water body is being cleaned, desilted and deweeded. “HAL does get involved with civic authorities in ensuring the area around its airport is taken care of, for instance in matters of garbage disposal, so that birds such as kites feeding on garbage are kept at bay. In this particular case (Bellandur Lake renovation), we cannot comment on the extent of our involvement,” said Sutar. ‘Cleaner lake welcome’ “However, a cleaner lake is welcome as it’d ensure reduced bird population, especially of varieties like kites which feed on garbage and swoop down on filthy surroundings. In clean surroundings, water birds may not pose a risk, unlike kites. In any case, we have a mechanism to deal with bird menace and ensure safe tests of our flights,” added Sutar.