Mumbai civic body mulls allowing helipads on private buildings
Last Updated: Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 23:53
Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has proposed amendments in the Development Control (DC) rules to allow private buildings to set up helipads following the directives of Urban Development Department.

Business tycoon Anil Ambani's earlier proposal of setting up a helipad at 'Sea Wind', his Cuffe Parade residence, was not approved in the absence of provisions for construction of helipads on private buildings.

According to the proposed amendments, the helipad can be built on rooftop terrace or cantilever structure and should be as per the directives of Civil Aviation Ministry and Director General of Civil Aviation.

Permission is also required from the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board and Environment Department for setting up a helipad.

A structural audit of the building will be mandatory to determine its strength. Also, the helipad area should be fireproof and have necessary fire fighting measures, civic official said.

However, there will be no provision to fill fuel in the chopper and the helipad can be used only for landing and taking off. The helipad should be at a height of 4.5 meters above the ground and not result in any kind of air pollution.

Civic officials will invite suggestions and objections from citizens and after which the BMC will prepare a draft and sent it to the State Government for final nod.

Several applications seeking permission to construct helipads on private buildings, including those from industrialist Mukesh Ambani and builder Vicky Oberoi, are pending with the BMC, the civic officials said.

Permission for the construction of a helipad depends on the height, safety features and structural stability of the building on which it is proposed to be built, according to the amendments.

A building situated in a congested neighbourhood cannot have a helipad. The convenience of people staying or working around the building, is an important factor to be considered, they said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 23:53

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