Friday, November 15, 2019

Bldgs near airport, including Mauvin’s aide’s, must be demolished: Navy to HC

Panaji: Residential complexes that have come up within Goa International Airport’s funnel zone, including those that belong to transport minister Mauvin Godinho’s close aide, are “detrimental to aviation safety” and “warrant demolition”, the Indian Navy said in a sworn statement to the high court of Bombay at Goa on Thursday.
The Navy has also informed the court that as per Rule 6 of the Aircraft (Demolition of obstruction caused by Buildings, Trees etc) Rule 1994, the director general or deputy director general of civil aviation (DGCA) is the authority that has the jurisdiction to order the demolition of the buildings.

Flag officer Goa naval area, Rear Admiral P G Pynumootil submitted the affidavit to the court after justices Mahesh Sonak and Prithviraj Chavan, in an interim order on October 3 asked the Airports Authority of India and the Indian Navy to file an affidavit explaining if they have the power to act against builders who construct buildings in the airport funnel zone.

Chicalim deputy sarpanch Kamla Prasad Yadav’s construction company, Venture Building Dreams, is the promoter of two buildings with over 100 flats, which have been built about 150 metres from the runway.

Godinho, the Dabolim MLA, and Yadav are both members of the Mormugao Planning and Development Authority (MPDA), which has yet to clarify its stand before the court. MPDA was asked to submit an affidavit.
15/11/19 Times of India

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