The prescribed height restrictions for constructions around airports will not matter for the Navi Mumbai international airport, developers feel, because they have long known the norms.
Developers feel that after the government relaxed the norm for the height of constructions near airports last year, there is not much of a problem.
“There can be high-rises around the airport at specified distances,” said Bhupendra Shah, president of the Builders’ Association of Navi Mumbai.
“Most restrictions are only in the funnel zone, which falls in the line of the aircraft take-off and landing site. Clearances for other areas are already available.”
“By and large all the developers have known of the height restrictions. Cidco has provided the master plan with a clear map, while selling the plots and so nobody is in the dark about the situation,” said Devang Trivedi, joint secretary of the association.
“Only the Ulwe node will be affected due to the restriction because it falls in the funnel zone. Areas like Kharghar and Nerul will not be affected.”
“There are prescribed norms of the Airports Authority of India and any development in the area will require their sanction. Cidco will grant permission for development activity based on such sanctions,” said Mohan Ninawe, Cidco, PRO.
Builders are also not worried about the no-development zones — a mangrove park at Waghivali island near the airport — planned by Cidco.
Ninawe said: “To compensate the loss of a mangrove area measuring 98 hectares, a 245-hectare mangrove park, along with area of 310 hectare at Kamothe and 60 hectare at Moha Creek, is proposed to be developed.”