Helipads on rooftops: Could be only for pvt use, in day time

Last Updated: Friday, December 11, 2009 - 15:12

Mumbai: The state authorities have
indicated that if private helipads are to be allowed to come
up on building rooftops in Mumbai, they would not be used for
commercial purposes.

Yesterday, the government put before the Bombay High
Court draft guidelines for helipads. The draft is awaiting
approval of Union Environment Ministry, said government lawyer
Sudeep Nargolkar.

"Helipads/helicopters should not be used for
commercial purpose, and shall not be used for handling
hazardous substances, explosive chemicals," guidelines said.

Further, it is made clear that choppers would be
allowed to take off or land only between 0600 hours to 1800
hours.

The High Court, which is hearing a PIL filed by NGO
Awaz Foundation on noise pollution, had expressed concern
about impact of helicopter traffic if helipads were allowed on
rooftops, and had asked government to make its stand clear.

The draft guidelines say that helipad owner will have
to keep the noise level within acceptable range, prescribed
under Environment (Protection) Act, 1985.

Besides, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board should
check the sound levels where helipad is proposed, and helipad
owners must get No Objection Certificate (NOC) from board, it
said.

"No fuel shall be stored at the site and transported
in any circumstances".

Before commissioning helipad, the structural stability
and strength of the building will be checked by Municipal
Corporation of Greater Mumbai.

"MCGM should also ensure that cost of proposed
activity is less than Rs five crore before giving final
permission in Coastal Regulation Zone areas" and if it exceeds
this amount, then proposal would clearance from Union
Environment Ministry.

A few months back, newspaper reports had said that
industrialist Mukesh Ambani had sought MCGM`s permission for
building helipad atop his residence in South Mumbai.

Early this month, Vice Admiral Sanjeev Bhasin, flag
officer commanding-in-chief of the Western Naval Command, had
said that Navy would not allow "indiscriminate constructions
of helipads" (in south Mumbai).

PTI



First Published: Friday, December 11, 2009 - 15:12

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