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


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

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