The Bombay High Court has ordered the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and other agencies including the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to demolish or reduce the height of over 100 buildings that are in violation of norms near the Mumbai airport within two months.
“The Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) had in a survey conducted between 2010 and 2011 identified 110 structures near Mumbai airport vicinity which flaunt height norms. Taking note of the issue, a division bench headed by Justice V M Kanade has ordered that violators must be dealt with ruthlessly as their buildings pose a major security threat and obstruct flight path.
According to the DGCA, it had issued notice to the owners of such buildings or structure but it is yet to communicate its final order on the demolition or deduction of height of such structures. The high court has ordered DGCA to issue within the next three months, final orders on demolition or deduction of height for another 317 structures that were identified as obstacles in a survey between the years 2015 and 2016. The high court is likely to take up the matter for further hearing on April 27.