Sunday, July 16, 2017

Cut height for flight path, 70 Mumbai buildings told

Mumbai: In the biggest-ever action to be taken against obstacles in the flight path of aircraft that enter and leave the Mumbai airport, India's civil aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), has ordered about 70 buildings in surrounding Vile Parle, Santacruz and Ghatkopar to reduce their height in 60 days flat.
This list of "obstacles" includes not just relatively new buildings but quite a few two storey ones that were built over 50 years ago, reveal notices issued by the DGCA in June. Most of the old buildings have copies of height clearance certificates issued by the then relevant authority (the government-controlled Airports Authority of India or AAI started giving no-objection certificates only in 1978). Most new buildings on the list have bigger portions to demolish as they are taller. The orders were issued on different dates in June and the deadlines would be in August.
Another 45 buildings, which also have valid NoCs for height, might be served similar notices as it has now emerged these were fraudulently issued by certain AAI officials.
16/07/17 Manju V/Times of India