Monday, July 02, 2018

Blame game begins over high rise buildings near Nagpur airport

Nagpur: Out of the 10 tall buildings constructed near Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport, on which MIHAN India Limited (MIL) raised objections, now it has come to fore that the No Objection Certificates to four buildings were issued by Airport Authority of India (AAI). Entire episode of allowing high-rise and thus putting flight safety in jeopardy has revealed the cross-purpose at which government agencies work. Eventually rights of hapless people will be trampled by the authorities to hide their faux paus.

With MIL seeking curtailment of runway to ensure flight safety, the blame game has already and every agency is passing the buck to others for this mess. Interestingly, nobody including MIL, planning authority or other administrative agencies noticed the discrepancy or existence of such high-rise during funnel area for five long years.

Nagpur Municipal Corporation is trying to get away from its responsibility by claiming that it is not the authority to certify Above Mean Sea Level (AMSL). Though, technically the civic body is right, but it can absolve itself from the responsibility since buildings plans are sanctioned by it and it is duty of NMC to visit, inspect and supervise construction right from plinth level as per High Court’s directives.

A building on Hingna road got approval with a permissible AMSL height of 340.291 mts. Accordingly, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) gave its nod to it. It started construction and probably MIL noticed that the building had 11.38 meters obstacle height. There are four such buildings which got NOC from AAI for the prescribed height. Later on for the same heights AAI and MIL raised objections and lodged complaints with NMC. When ‘The Hitavada’ tried to know the reason from highly placed sources, most of them said that probably AAI or MIL might have done inspected height using air mapping method due to which they have found the height of the building objectionable and a potential safety threat to flights.
02/07/18 Hitavada