I am a US Qualified Registered Microbiologist-Medical Technologist, operating my own Clinical Lab. I have been an activist advocating consumer, civic, citizen's rights for Thirty plus years & a Frequent contributor to the letters to Editor.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Airport Authority of India, Ministry of Civil Aviation greed buckling to builder pressure?-LEDS 29 Oct 2009

29 Oct 2009,
The Editor
Times of India

This is with reference to the 29 Oct 2009, page 2 report about AAI and Ministry of Civil Aviation relaxing building height restrictions around airports to 100 storeys.
A look around the world's airports like Hongkong/Newyork nestled in the middle of skyscrapers shows that they are in cities which have horizontal restrictions due to geography, the skyscrapers were built long before the aiports became as busy as they now are. Even still there are significant height restrictions around airports in developed countries for specific reasons first being flyers safety.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Height_restriction_laws)

We in India have no dearth of horizontal space that we have to sacrifice aircraft/ residents safety.
In this context two recent news items are significant.
Northwest Airlines pilots missed their landing zone by 150 kilometers.
Yelahanka residents demanded end to nation defending Airforce training sorties from the 46 year old Airforce station.
After development of these 100 floor monsters- take a look at what has happened to the Bangalore skyline last decade- the aircraft may have to follow dangerous noise abatement procedures as required around Regan National Airport in Washington DC USA.
is this illogical move just an manifestation of builders lobbying efforts and bureaucrats pliability and greed?

Let us not blindly follow the developed countries mistakes and provide another World trade centre scenario on a platter.
Thanking you
Sincerely yours
BSc,MS(Georgetown Univ, Wash DC)
MT(American Medical Technologists) USA
279, Mahalakshmi Lay out

Up, up and BEYOND

Buildings Can Scale 100 Storeys Around The Airport, Say New Rules

S Kushala | TNN

Bangalore: Devanahalli, which is emerging as the Aerotropolis — airport city — can now have skyscrapers going up 100 storeys. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the Union ministry of civil aviation have stretched the vertical limit around Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) from 150 metres to 300 metres, within a radius of 20 km.
A new rule that’s been implemented from June, it has caught the local area planning authority — Bangalore International Airport Area Planning Authority (BIAAPA) — unawares. The authority is still sticking to its rule book, which puts the maximum height at 25 metres around the airport.
The regulation, which kicked in for all major airports across the country, came through after builders petitioned the ministry to increase the height around airports as commercial and residential ventures in the vicinity have proved to be good business.


In May, the AAI notified that buildings within a radius of 20 km from the airport can go up to a maximum height of 300 metres, which means roughly 100 floors. The Union civil aviation ministry has also notified that the airports will have to issue NoCs based on the new rules. Certain parameters have been fixed for the heights, based on the distance from runways, and landing and take-off paths.

Distance from runways

Building 100 metres in height: 1.2 km

150 m in height: 1.5 km

200 m high: 1.9 km

300 m high: 2.6 km

Distance from take-off and landing paths

200-m high: 4.5 km away

300-m high: 6.5 km



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