Environment Min not in favour of helipads on Mumbai bldgs

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 22:33

Mumbai: The Ministry of Environment and
Forest (MoEF) is not in favour of allowing helipads atop
residential buildings in the city, the Bombay High Court was
told on Wednesday.

In a letter written to Chief Minister Ashok Chavan in
March, Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said that
"view in the MoEF seems to be that while Noise Rules 2000 do
not specifically bar such helipads, in view of the high
ambient noise levels in Mumbai during day and night, very
often in excess of prescribed standards, such new helipads are
avoidable."

In an earlier letter to Chavan, Ramesh had said he
"shared concern" about impact on noise levels if helipads
were allowed.

The letters were produced in the High Court by the
government during hearing on a PIL filed by NGO Awaz
Foundation on noise pollution.

The High Court has asked the MoEF to file a more specific
reply as to whether rules would permit helipads or not.

The matter has been adjourned to June 16.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 22:33
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