Wednesday, February 03, 2021

Clarify if height of buildings is obstacle: High court to DGCA

Surat: Gujarat high court has asked the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to clarify whether the buildings falling in the approach funnel of Surat airport runway are obstacles or not. While hearing public interest litigation (PIL) filed with regards to the building height being the obstacle in flight patch, the HC on Monday stated that the displacement of Surat airport runway by 615 metres on the Vesu side was not acceptable.

However, the DGCA has to submit whether the buildings were obstacles or not and the decision taken on the displacement of the runway.

In the live streaming of the court proceedings, the HC rapped DGCA and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for passing the buck and not allowing the proceedings to conclude. The court has given two days time to the AAI for submitting the list of obstacles on record.

In December 2019, the HC had ordered the Centre, the AAI and the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) on the unauthorised construction obstructing the flight path at the Surat airport, during a hearing on the PIL. Various builders and residents of 48 projects consisting of 198 buildings had approached the HC in this regard.

03/02/21 Times of India

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