August 1, 2009 2:47:30 am
The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has put on hold all ongoing construction work at Dwarka Sector-8,claiming the houses fall in the air route and can lead to a major accident. The AAI has now directed the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to restrict the height of the buildings and ensure that any plans for construction in the area have clearance from them before work can begin. This is the first time the AAI has objected to construction work in the area. Nearly 100 plots in Dwarka Sector-8 have been affected by this order. The AAI has said that these buildings fall in the path of the aircraft when it is landing on runways 27/9 and 28/10.
The DDA has now shot off letters to the plot owners informing them about the necessity of obtaining a no-objection certificate from the airport authorities apart from an approval for their building plan from the land agency.
Officials of the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) authorities referred to a special gazette notification issued by Government of India on June 30,2008. No building or structure higher than the height specified in Annexe II (15 metre) to this notification shall be constructed or erected on any land within a radius of twenty kilometres from the aerodrome reference point, the notification states.
DIAL claims the buildings in the area fall in the flight path. It is,however,silent on buildings have already come up and taller than the specified height.
The DDA,in a letter dated February 25 to the AAI,said,In Sector-8,Dwarka,NOC has been granted by the AAI for the Food Research and Analysis Centre in Plot 2A,and in case of other buildings,with height up to 22.32 metre…(since) buildings with higher heights have already been cleared by AAI,the clearance of buildings with lesser heights may not be necessary, the letter notes. The DIAL wrote back to the DDA on March 5,saying construction in Sector-8 would affect runways 27/9 and 28/10. The DDA has now sent out letters to all buildings under construction.
A top DDA official noted that the decision was under review and that whether structures without an NOC would be demolished or not was still under discussion. The official added that the agency viewed the proposal as impractical,since a radius of 20 km was a large area. A further decision would be expected on the issue.
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