Saturday, January 02, 2016

Building height clearance now a click away

Here is a good news for real estate developers, factory owners, civic bodies and energy department as they can get online height clearance from airport authorities for construction of buildings, chimneys, power transmission towers and high mast lights.
Height clearance is an important component of aircraft safety as buildings, which have more than permissible height, can pose danger to aircraft.
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has devised a software called No Objection Certificate Application System (NOCAS) 2.0 that will enable the applicants seek permission for height clearance online, check status and get approval. Two days ago, Union civil aviation minister S Gajapathi Raju inaugurated the software in Delhi.
Before the use of software, the applicants had to manually apply for the clearance. The airport authorities then used to evaluate the height, mentioned by the applicants, is permissible or not.
Height of structures differs from place to place. If a building is close to the airport and directly coming on the path of takeoff or landing, there is a specific height. If a structure is far away from the airport operation area, the height is different. "So, we used to manually calculate the height considering the coordinates (air routes) of the airport from all directions," said airport director Sharad Kumar. It used to take more than two weeks to get the approval.
02/01/16 Riyan Ramanath/The Times Of India
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