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.

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