Saturday, October 22, 2016

All Mumbai buildings may need AAI clearance

In a set back to Maharashtra’s ease-of-business plans, almost every building in Mumbai may have to now approach the Airport Authority of India (AAI) for height clearances.

Expressing reservations to the Centre’s plan of allowing local bodies to give clearances on the basis of newly developed colour-coded zonal maps (CCZM), a delegation led by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis recently suggested to the Civil Aviation Ministry that “almost every case in Mumbai has to be referred to the Airport Authority of India (AAI)” despite the colour-coded maps being in place.

At a recent meeting in New Delhi with the Civil Aviation Minister to discuss the regulations over height restrictions of buildings in the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) and Wadala notified areas, Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta pointed out that the possibility of issuing No Objection Certificate (NoC) as per the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) must also be examined. “Municipal Commissioner, corporation of Mumbai (BMC), stressed the need to complete such survey of the such buildings for Mumbai and expressed willingness to bear the cost,” a report of the meeting reads.
22/10/16 Sharad Vyas/The Hindu