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NGO holds signature drive, street play against helipads

mumbai Updated: Mar 14, 2010 01:11 IST
Bhavya Dore

Awaaz Foundation, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), organised a series of events in Bandra on Saturday to protest against the government’s decision to allow helipads on residential buildings.

These included a street play by Ideal Drama and Entertainment Academy highlighting the noise pollution problem, a talk and a signature campaign.

“There are three different arguments against the state government’s proposal — the noise pollution helicopters would create in day to day life, the security risks and the possibility of accidents,” said Sumaira Abdulali, founder of Awaaz.

Abdulali plans to send a letter to Union Minister for Environment and Forests, Jairam Ramesh, along with all the signatures they collected on Saturday.

The NGO has been protesting against the government decision since it was announced a year ago. A month ago, the state government had said the Centre would take the final decision on the matter.

Ashok Kalbag, director of Pan-IIT Alumni, also spoke on the occasion.

“We can have development with minimum disturbance. For instance, a floating helipad can be built near commercial buildings such as at Nariman Point or at public places away from residential areas,” he said.