The Bombay High Court on Thursday asked the state government and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to file their stand on sanctioning of heliports and helipads in the city.
The authorities have been directed to explain why sanction should not be revoked and why sanction should be denied for helipads in the future. The directive came on a public interest litigation filed by NGO Awaz Foundation and others,seeking implementation of the 2000 rules.
Advocate Mallika Iyer,appearing for Awaz,opposed the sanctioning of helipads,claiming that the noise levels would be way beyond the permissible levels.
The division bench of Justice F I Rebello and Justice J H Bhatia noted that the decibel levels of helicopters when they take off and land reaches around 100-120 decibels while the permissible level is around 50-60 decibels.
The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board had submitted the noise levels in a report.
The court had,last month,expressed its helplessness at the lethargic stand taken by the government in implementing the noise pollution rules and guidelines. It was miffed that the government did nothing unless ordered by the court. Why dont you lock up your offices,we will run it from here, it had asked.
The government had filed an affidavit regarding the compliance of noise regulations by the environment department and the pollution control board. It had further submitted guidelines for development of helipads and heliports and the criteria for granting and refusing permission in urban areas.