Aviation Ministry’s new rules shortens the height of Buildings near airport


By Accommodation Times News Service

In another setback to the developers from the government is the Union Minister of Civil Aviation has framed certain new rules for the height restriction of buildings in the airports vicinity. The High Court has yesterday has directed the Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) and Airport Authority of India (AAI) to place before it the new rules that came into effect from October this year.

“It is a matter of concern for all flyers,” said a division bench of Justice S C Dharmadhikari and Justice Burgess Colabawalla. The bench was hearing an application filed by Parineeti housing society that had sought NOC for the redevelopment of its property. Pointing to Gilbert Hill, the society had sought permissions for a taller building. MIAL counsel informed the HC that the new rule does not take into account temporary displaced threshold to calculate the maximum height for a new building. Instead, the height restrictions will be now calculated from the start of the runway that is the runway threshold.

“Since the runway length was shortened, there were problems for the landing of bigger, heavier aircraft,” said VSP Chinson, general manager (aerodromes), western region, AAI. “The new rules now consider the start of the runway as the point to calculate height restrictions for new buildings,” added the officer.

The October rules have also prepared a colour-coded map for the city , classifying it into five divisions based on the permissible height restrictions on buildings around the airport. “The AAI will also introduce an online system, where a citizen can directly check the height restrictions in an area where they plan to buy a flat, irrespective of the promises by the builder,” said Chinson.The HC has scheduled the matter for further hearing on December 17, 2015. Last month, another bench of the HC has set up a panel headed by a retired judge to look into allegations that building and height regulations were violated around the Juhu aerodrome and the domestic airport at Santa Cruz.

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