New Delhi: Expressing concerns over setting
up of multi-storey buildings close to the boundary wall of the
Research and Analysis Wing`s aviation branch at IGI airport
here, the Air Force today said it has raised its objection
over the constructions to the government.
"This is a matter of concern to us...We have raised
objection over this (construction)," Air Chief Marshal P V
Naik told reporters here.
He was replying to queries about whether the construction
of hotels next to the Aviation Research Centre (ARC) complex
was a matter of concern for the IAF and whether it has raised
objection over the issue.
As per the existing rules, no construction activity is
allowed within 100 metres of military air bases and technical
areas, IAF officials said.
The under-construction buildings are part of the Aero
City project coming up near the international airport.
The ARC base here houses aircrafts such as IL-76, AN-32
and Gulf Stream, which are used for gathering intelligence and
carrying out airborne surveillance missions.
Reacting on the issue, Minister of State for Defence M
M Pallam Raju said, "I think all these aspects would be looked
into by respective station commanders...If there is any
threat, they will bring it to the notice of the appropriate
On the possibilities of any wrongdoings in the
construction activities, he said, "Let us not overreact.
wherever there is defence station and construction is coming
around that vicinity, it can always be contained by invoking
Works of Defence Act, 1903."
Works of Defence Act provides for imposition of
restrictions upon the use and enjoyment of land in the
vicinity of works of defence in order that such land may be
kept free from buildings and other obstructions, and for
determining the amount of compensation to be made on account
of such imposition.
On the induction of the American-origin C-130 J Hercules
on Saturday, Naik said the aircraft would be used to transport
men and material and is also capable of carrying out special