The state government on Wednesday submitted its notification to the Bombay High Court under which the government has permitted the use of land reserved for gardens and playgrounds as helipads as part of disaster management planning.
“The government has placed on record that the planning authority of the state has permitted land reserved for gardens and playgrounds as helipads as part of disaster management planing,’’ said Justices A S Oka and A S Gadkari, adding that the advocate for the government was no longer required to appear for the case.
The state government had earlier said that it had agreed in-principle to provide additional sites for use as helipads. The joint secretary, urban development department, had filed an affidavit in response to the request made by the Central Railways for providing 14 additional helipads beyond the existing helipads for evacuation of injured persons to hospitals to carry out the rescue and relief operations due to incidents or accidents. The location suggested by Central Railway are mostly open spaces like recreational grounds, playgrounds, stadium, playgrounds of educational institutions etc.
The petition was heard along with another petition pertaining to providing basic facilities to differently-abled at railway stations. In that matter, the court suggested that the advocate appearing for the railways can carry out a joint inspection to look into the shortcoming or defect pointed out by the petitioner who had carried out a survey of its own. The matter has been kept for hearing on January 8, 2015.