Saturday, April 22, 2017

456 city structures in flight paths to be trimmed, orders HC

Several buildings in the suburbs will soon get trimmed. The Bombay High Court has ordered the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to act on the two lists of structures that come in the way of flights taking off from Mumbai airport.

While one list, compiled in 2010-11, has 137 structures, another one from 2015-16 has 319 structures. The lists were recently submitted by Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) to the HC.

The lists include structures like Kalpataru Aura in Ghatkopar, Phoenix Market City in Kurla, Surya Hospital in Santacruz, Kingfisher House in Andheri and Swastik Solitaire in Chembur, among others. According to MIAL, which compiled the lists after detailed surveys along with the BMC, part of these structures come in the flight path and need to be razed.

MIAL’s general manager, legal, Raghava M told the HC that the two lists are ready and that they have done their bit. He gave details of how much each structure needs to be trimmed so that it does not come in the way of the flight path.

“An obstacle survey of Mumbai Airport was carried out in the year 2010-11by Airport Authority of India. By the said survey a list of all structures/buildings which exceeded the permissible height granted to them and penetrated the Approach Surface of the aircrafts taking off and landing at the Mumbai Airport came to be prepared,” Raghava’s affidavit in court stated. It added that after the survey, several letters were written to all concerned agencies to demolish a portion of these structures, but to no avail.
22/04/17 Yogesh Sadhwani/Mumbai Mirror