Saturday, June 30, 2018

Act now on air safety infra or continue to risk lives: HC

Mumbai: Referring to Thursday’s plane crash in the city that killed five persons, the Bombay high court on Friday said the authorities could either step up now and put in place the requisite infrastructure for air safety or continue risking lives as it has been “doing until now.”
The observations came while a bench of Justices SC Dharamadhikari and Bharati Dangre was hearing an application filed by the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) seeking permission for some overhead cables that would need to be installed for a Metro rail junction.
Installing such cables for the Metro-IIB line, however, will come in the way of the funnel area of the Juhu airport by around 11centimetres.
MMRDA counsel, SB Talekar, told the court that since the violation to height norms was minimal, the AAI had granted it a no-objection certificate this January, but directed it to also seek the HC’s nod for the same.
The bench contended even a violation of “one centimetre was too much sometimes.”
It directed the Airports Authority of India, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, and the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation to file an affidavit clearing their stand on MMRDA’s plea.
It refused to pass any orders granting relief though.
“We don’t want to be part of such decisions. Anything that endangers the life of the public can’t be considered like this. What you (the authorities) need to do is decide whether you want to act now and set up safe infrastructure for even small flights to take off and land safely, or continue to put lives at risk as we have been doing until now,” it said.
30/06/18 PTI/Times of India
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