Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Metro height at airport: Bombay HC seeks aviation secy’s report

Mumbai: The Bombay high court bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and M S Karnik on Tuesday sought an independent comprehensive report from Union civil aviation ministry secretary Rajiv Bansal on the issue of height clearance granted for an over ground Metro rail 2B project in Mumbai.

The HC in its order said, “Bansal shall also consider the aspect of safety and security of the public, who reside in the vicinity of Juhu Airport, and throw light as to whether commissioning of the Metro rail line of the MMRDA would in any way affect aircraft operations at Juhu Airport.’’

Adjourning a PIL challenging the NOC for the Metro 2B line to February 28, the HC permitted MMRDA to “carry on preparatory work for the metro rail line, viz Geotechnical investigation and utility identification’’ till further orders and clarified “apart from such preparatory work, no other work may be carried out without the prior leave of this court at the site.’’

The PIL filed by Harit Desai challenged the NOC granted by Airports Authority of India (AAI) to MMRDA for overground Metro rail line within the Funnel Zone to the east of the approach and take off climb surface of runways 26 and 08, respectively, of Juhu Airport. The NOC was contrary to the ministry’s (height restrictions for safeguarding of aircraft operations) rules, 2015, submitted Desai’s counsel Nishant Thakkar.

The rail corridor is from DN Nagar, Andheri (West) to Mankhurd.

19/01/22 Swati Deshpande/Times of India


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