MUMBAI: The Bombay high court on Thursday directed the directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA) to take “prompt action” in respect of 112 buildings which are inside the approach funnel at Mumbai airport.
The approach funnel is a space earmarked for safe landing and takeoff.
A bench headed by Justice V M Kanade directed the aviation regulator to complete the exercise of issuing show-cause notices to all 112 owners/developers within 3 months and take a decision. “If there are any violations in respect of the funnel area, prompt action will have to be taken by DGCA after following due procedure established by law and take appropriate action against those who have violated the said restrictions,” it added.
The court was told by senior advocate Pravin Samdani, appearing for Mumbai International Airport Limited which runs the operations at the airport, that its survey detected 112 cases which will be forwarded to DGCA for taking action. The bench said it is a “serious matter” and DGCA must act.
The court heard a PIL by advocate Yeshwant Shenoy regarding the danger posed to aircraft by high rises near the airport. The court has directed the appellate committee for height clearances of the ministry of civil aviation not to use its discretion to relax height restriction in the funnel area and a radius of 4km from the runway.
It also directed that hereafter when an application is made for sanction of plans, all planning authorities including BMC, SRA, MHADA and MMRDA shall calculate the height from the mean sea level. Care shall be taken to see that there is no object such as antenna or pole protruding above the height restriction, it added.
Told that the development plan is being prepared, the bench directed BMC to ensure the airport’s inner horizontal surface is fixed at 56.9 metres above mean sea level and there is no relaxation.
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