In a move that might pave way for construction of helipads on residential buildings,the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC),is set to amend rules which will allow choppers to take off and land on terraces of housing complexes. The amendment will help the business class to come up with their own private helipads.
Following the state government directives to amend the Development Control Rules,the civic administration will include a clause which will allow setting of a helipad on private buildings. According to the guidelines,the helipad can be built in the FSI- free rooftop or cantilever structure and should be as per the directives of Civil Aviation Ministry and Director General Civil Aviation.
A structural audit of the building will be mandatory to determine the strength of the structure and the helipad area should be fireproof with the necessary fire fighting measures. There will be no provision to fill fuel in the chopper and the helipad can be used only for landing and taking off. Permission will also be required from the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board and Environment Department.
The helipad should be at a height of 4.5 metre above ground level and not result in any kind of air pollution.
Earlier this year,the BMC had levied a fine of Rs 29 lakh on Mukesh Ambani as penalty for constructing a helipad atop his Sea Wind Apartment in Cuffe Parade. The helipad was considered illegal as the DC rules then did not allow for construction of a helipad on residential structures.
Following the issue,the state government amended the Development Control Rules to allow construction of helipad on private buildings. Apart from Mukesh Ambani,Anil Ambani and Oberoi Builders in Goregaon have sought permission for construction of helipad.
The proposal to amend the DC rules has been tabled with the civic Improvement Committee which is scheduled to meet on Friday to discuss the proposal for approval.