After IAF complaint,police ban high-intensity lights around airport

In a move to prevent likely air mishaps,city police have put a ban on high-intensity lights that aim the beams skyward,within 15-km of the Lohegaon Airport.

Written by Chandan Haygunde | Published:March 6, 2013 1:41 am

In a move to prevent likely air mishaps,city police have put a ban on high-intensity lights that aim the beams skyward,within 15-km of the Lohegaon Airport.

Joint Commissioner of Police Sanjeevkumar Singhal recently passed the order following complaints from the Indian Air Force (IAF) authorities.

The police have asked a few hotels to remove such lights installed for use during functions.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (special branch) M B Tambade said there were complaints from the IAF that their pilots had been facing problems due to the high-intensity lights sending beams towards the sky in the area.

“The IAF had complained these lights distract pilots flying aircraft,and could cause mishaps. So an order has been issued to ban such lights within 15-km of the Lohegaon Airport,” said Tambade.

Wing Commander R R Lall,the official spokesperson of the Lohegaon-based Indian Air Force (IAF) 2 Wing,told The Indian Express,“We sent a letter to the local police a month ago requesting them to bring under control high beams focused towards the sky during festivals,new year and other such occasions. Two cases were reported by pilots to the Air Traffic Control (ATC) recently. The high-intensity beams cause interference during night flying and may cause a deviation during navigation or landing. There have been no norms on light beams during festivities and we approached police to create awareness among the public.”

Lohegaon Airport comes under the jurisdiction of Zone IV of Pune city police.

Deputy Commissioner (Zone IV) Manoj Patil confirmed that the orders have been issued to ban high-intensity lights around the airport. “There were no sky-facing high-intensity lights permanently installed or being used on daily basis in the specified area. But we did find such lights at some hotels in Mundhwa,which were being used for certain functions. We asked the hotels to remove them. Henceforth,action would be taken as per the law if anyone is found disobeying the orders by installing such lights in a 15-km radius around Lohegaon Airport,” said DCP Patil.

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