Buildings In Mumbai Accused Of Violating Flight Norms!
July 26, 2017
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has ordered 70 buildings in Mumbai to reduce their height within 60 days.
WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?
The 70 buildings in Vile Parle, Santacruz and Ghatkopar were classified as ‘obstacles’ in flight paths. The DGCA initiated action after a Bombay High Court order took serious note of violations of height norms by private developers. The old buildings have been ordered to reduce height by anywhere between 1 and 6 metres, the newer and taller ones by a lot more. The DGCA has given the authorities 60 days to rectify the situation.
This list of “obstacles” includes not just relatively new buildings but quite a few two storey ones that were built over 50 years ago. Most of the old buildings have copies of height clearance certificates issued by the then relevant authority. Another 45 buildings, which also have valid NoCs for height, might be served similar notices as it has now emerged these were fraudulently issued by certain AAI officials. The order threatens to render thousands of residents, many of them senior citizens, homeless.