Thursday, April 19, 2018

Parsis say no flight over Tower of Silence

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) may have to alter the flight path for the Navi Mumbai International Airport as the Parsi community has refused to allow aircraft to fly over the Tower of Silence at Malabar Hill.

The Bombay Parsi Punchayet (BPP) wanted AAI to make slight modifications in the flight path of aircraft landing and taking off at the upcoming airport at Navi Mumbai, since the two runways are located in a way that their extended lines would touch the periphery of Doongerwadi, where the community’s Tower of Silence is located.
At a meeting of senior aviation officials, trustees of the BPP and revenue department officials last month, community leaders made it clear that allowing aircraft to fly over the Tower of Silence would hurt the community’s religious feelings.

“We had a meeting with officials from the Civil Aviation Ministry and we told them that we will not be able to agree to their proposal. Since this issue is about the sentiments of the community, they will have to revise the flight path,” said Noshir Dadrewala, a member of the board of trustees of the BPP.

Following the meeting, top Parsi community members met once again to discuss the matter. However, their decision remained unchanged. “We have now written to the Airports Authority of India and the city collector’s office conveying the decision of the community. We will not be able to let any conditions about the no-fly zone to be relaxed. They must look for some other alternative since it is a question of sentiment and faith of the Parsi community,” said Yazdi Desai, chairperson of Bombay Parsi Punchayet.
19/04/18  Chaitanya Marpakwar and Satish Nandgaonkar/Mumbai Mirror