The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has informed the Bombay High Court that 112 buildings within a four km radius of the domestic and international airports in Mumbai, have come up in violation of the aviation safety rules. This was found in a survey carried out by the Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL), DGCA told the HC during the hearing of a public interest litigation (PIL), which has alleged threat to passengers’ safety due to illegal structures around the two airports.
The DGCA said that the height of the buildings along the periphery of airports, cannot be more than 56.9 metres. A division bench headed by Justice VM Kanade, then asked the DGCA and MIAL, to serve notices to these 112 buildings within three months and take further action.
Earlier, the HC had asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to take action against Sunita Society at Santacruz, which has allegedly breached the aviation safety rules. The court was now informed that no action had been taken.
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The judges asked the BMC to take action and produce photographic evidence, at the next hearing after four weeks.
The court also said that the height of a building should be measured from the mean sea level and the civic authorities should obtain necessary equipment for this from MIAL or even outsource the job, if needed. The PIL filed by Yeshwant Shenoy said, “In the interest of passenger safety, it is important that the Airport Authority of India should not allow high-rise buildings in the vicinity of the airports.”