Environment Min not in favour of helipads on Mumbai bldgs
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Last Updated: Wednesday, May 05, 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.


First Published: Wednesday, May 05, 2010, 22:33

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