Sunday, December 27, 2015


In an ongoing dispute between a high-rise apartment and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) over an alleged discrepancy regarding the height of the building, the High Court of Karnataka has called for an aeronautical study. The idea is to ascertain if the property is within the notified parameters of law.

What is seemingly unprecedented is that the study would mean that for a single building the Airports Authority of India (AAI) will have a relook into the parameters issued by the ministry of civil Aviation for this defence airport about height restrictions and regulating developments within 5-km radius.
The property in question is Raheja Vivarea in Koramangala which is an under-construction 17-storey residential building on an eight-acre plot located within 4.5 km from the HAL airport.
As per AAI guidelines, a mandatory NoC is required from HAL for such constructions with a cap of the height, keeping in view the airport operations safety. An NoC was issued but subsequently cancelled alleging discrepancy in the height with the developer challenging it in the court.
After arguments and counter-arguments, the HC directed that an aeronautical study of HAL aerodrome has to be carried out to ascertain whether or not the building scaling a height of 62 m above the ground level of property is in accordance with the notified parameters and if it would affect safety of the Airport operations (read box). The report has to be submitted to the court on January 4, 2016.
27/12/15 Kushala S/Bangalore Mirror
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