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Corporators oppose private helipad policy

Following the Centre, the civic body on Friday also objected to the construction of private helipads on rooftop of buildings, reports Sujit Mahamulkar.

mumbai Updated: Mar 27, 2010 01:20 IST
Sujit Mahamulkar

Following the Centre, the civic body on Friday also objected to the construction of private helipads on rooftop of buildings.

On Friday, the civic Improvement committee unanimously referred back the proposal to the civic administration.

Although Union Environment Minister, Jairam Ramesh, had clearly denied permission for building private helipads atop residential buildings in the city, the civic administration had put forth a proposal before the Improvement committee that deals with land related matters.

As directed by the state, the civic administration put a proposal for making necessary changes in the development control (DC) rules.

On Friday, corporators across the political spectrum strongly opposed the proposal. Congress corporator and member of the committee, Rajendraprasad Chaube, objected on noise pollution.

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena corporator Mangesh Sangle objected over the security issue. He said, "If private operators could fly on the skyline of the city it would not be secured from terrorist attack."

Advocate Manmohan Chonkar, a Shiv Sena corporator demanded that helipads should only be permitted on government or semi-government buildings and not private.

Vinod Shekhar, Congress member alleged: "The proposal is to favour few high profile industrialists and would not be useful for citizens."

After a discussion that lasted for more than half an hour, the proposal was sent back to the civic administration.

An official from the civic development planning (DP) department said that a reply would be sent to the committee.

Speaking exclusively to Hindustan Times on March 13 Ramesh had said: "There is no question of the MoEF (Ministry of Environment and Forest) giving permission for any kind of private helipads considering the implications the move can have on noise, health and security."

According to the proposal, the state has directed to the municipal corporation (BMC) to incorporate rule number 71 for the construction of private helipads atop of the buildings.

According to the proposal, anyone can build helipad on the building terrace by obtaining a no objection certificate from the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, Chief Fire Officer (BMC) Urban Development Department, Police, Environment Ministry and Civil Aviation Department.