The Maharashtra government has indicated that private helipads on building rooftops in Mumbai would not be allowed for commercial purposes.
According to a draft guidelines for private helipads submitted to the Bombay High Court by the state government on Thursday, "Helipads/helicopters should not be used for commercial purpose, and shall not be used for handling hazardous substances, explosive chemicals."
As per the guidelines, the choppers would be allowed to take off or land only between 0600 hours to 1800 hours.
The draft is awaiting approval of Union Environment Ministry, government lawyer Sudeep Nargolkar said.
The High Court, which is hearing a PIL filed by NGO Awaz Foundation on noise pollution, had expressed concern about
impact of helicopter traffic if helipads were allowed on rooftops, and had asked the government to make its stand clear
on the issue.
The draft guidelines said helipad owner will have to keep the noise level within acceptable range, prescribed under
Environment (Protection) Act, 1985.
Besides, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board should check the sound levels where helipad is proposed, and helipad owners must get No Objection Certificate (NOC) from board.
"No fuel shall be stored at the site and transported in any circumstances," it said.