Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Violation of norms around aerodrome, domestic airport: Unfortunate, there is no concern for safety of frequent flyers, says Bombay HC

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court Monday said there was lack of concern towards safety of frequent flyers while hearing a petition pertaining to violation of building and height regulations around the Juhu aerodrome and the domestic airport in Santacruz.
“It is unfortunate that there is no concern about people flying regularly. That is the impression that we get,” said Justice V M Kanade. The court said “the national character is such that we wait for accidents to happen instead of taking action”.
Meanwhile, the court also stayed the working of the committee, which was supposed to be headed by a retired High Court judge to examine allegations of violations of building and height regulations as alleged in a public interest litigation filed by advocate Yashwant Shenoy.
The court had earlier given directions for such a committee to be formed and was informed Monday that it was still not operational. The committee was supposed to include a representative from the civil aviation ministry not below the rank of joint secretary, a BMC official not below the rank of joint commissioner and an official from the Airports Authority of India along with an expert from the International Civil Aviation Organisation.
Appearing for the Union of India, Rajiv Chavan informed the court that no expert was available from the civil aviation organisation and sought orders to begin the functioning of the committee without the expert.
02/08/16 Indian Express
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