Wednesday, September 13, 2017

PIL ‘warns’ towers in Navi Mumbai airport flight path

Mumbai: The Navi Mumbai airport is still on the drawing board, but on the ground, tall buildings that could act as obstructions along the approach path of aircraft once the airport is operational are already in place.
Citizens who bought flats in the highrises located along the approach path might be in for bad news as a PIL against these obstacles has been filed in the Bombay high court by an advocate who had similarly moved a plea against obstructions around Mumbai airport. The PIL is expected to come up for hearing next week.
All buildings within a 20-km radius of the proposed airport come under height curbs. Within a 4-km radius from the centre point of the airport (and its runways), buildings can rise only to 45m (about 15 storeys assuming the airport and the plot are on the same level). Those on the flight approach paths of the two parallel runways face further restrictions.
Several buildings in Kamothe, Khandeshwar and New Panvel East, lying east of the proposed airport, would come under the approach paths. Many others are within the 4-km radius and include those on the northwest of the airport, mainly in Belapur.
The PIL has been filed by Yeshwanth Shenoy, an advocate, who has moved against obstructions around airports in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram too. "The petitioner wants to ensure that buyers are specifically warned by the state authorities on the nature of their right getting affected by the Aircraft Act. The right to life and the right to shelter, guaranteed by the state under Article 21 of the Constitution, would both get affected and, therefore, the state authorities are duty-bound to protect these rights of the people," says his PIL of 2017, filed against seven respondents, including the Airports Authority of India and Cidco, the planning authority for Navi Mumbai and the nodal authority for the Navi Mumbai airport.
13/09/17 Times of India