Thursday, September 20, 2018

MIL to conduct re-survey of high-rise buildings posing threat to airport

Non-application of mind by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) in sanctioning high rise buildings near funnel area of Nagpur’s Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport has now emerged as biggest threat to its growth and very survival as an important airport. Due to such sanctions, the MIHAN India Limited (MIL), that runs the airport, has even mooted a proposal to reduce the length of runway that will disallow the landing of big aircraft. The MIL had identified 10 buildings whose heights are above the prescribed level. The same MIL has planned to conduct re-survey to see whether there are more such buildings being constructed near the funnel area.

V M Mulekar, Sr Airport Director of MIL told mediapersons, “Before taking final call, we want to check where there are more buildings whose height is in the objectionable zone. We had already issued notices to 10 buildings asking them to reduce the height of their buildings. They can appeal against us to Airport Authority of India (AAI). The appeal will be sent to Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on whose notice NMC can demolish the additional part of such constructions.”
Meanwhile the agency hired by MIL will do the survey of buildings within the 20 km vicinity of the airport and submit the report at the end of October to DGCA. DGCA would recommend certain actions based on the report which the civic authorities have to follow.
20/09/18 Hitavada
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