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Supreme Court stays plea for revision of tower heights near Airport

The Supreme Court has stayed a Delhi HC order in regards to undertaking a study for permitting a real estate company. Shahid Balwa’s DBS Realty had appealed that a study be done to increase the maximum permissible height from 56.3 to 112 metres of a multi storey building constructed for rehabilitation of slum dwellers around the Santacruz airport. While the AAI had put a cap of the height to 56.3, the builder for commercial gains made several additional floors. When AAI refused to do a study to legalize the illegal extensions, the builder approached the Delhi High Court that directed the AAI to conduct the study.

However, when AAI approached the Supreme Court, the latter stayed the same. The bench also noticed that a PIL against illegal construction of the same builder is being heard in the Bombay High Court and so the Delhi High Court should not have entertained the plea. It may be noted that a similar fate hangs on the towers constructed around the Navi Mumbai International Airport project. Terming, the Navi Mumbai airport project an environmental, safety and financial disaster, lawyer Yashwant Shenoy says that the project should not be built at all.

Yashwant Shenoy’s PIL against the airport in Mumbai forced the aviation regular to issue demolition notice to over 100 buildings in Vile Parle, Santacruz, Ghatkopar and Kurla. Sharing an insight with NMTV on the how dangerous towers and buildings or illegal construction pose for the Mumbai airport, and in future for the Navi Mumbai airport he has said that that the smallest of obstacle like a TV antenna in any home can cause the disaster that can cost 1000s of lives not just within an aircraft but outside as well. In the proposed Navi Mumbai airport as well, towers have already come up and many more of as high as 40 storeys have been announced. Explicating the danger that looms large, Adv Shenoy says that it takes 6 seconds for an aircraft to crash into a 20 meters building in 6 meters radius from runway and the disaster will be worst than the Bhopal Gas Tragedy.

The PIL by petitioner Yashwant Shenoy puts a question mark on the big projects of several builders. Meanwhile buyers should remain vigilant lest they will be fooled into buying homes that will either be demolished in the long run or will continue to be like atom bombs ready to explode at any unfortunate moment, claiming thousands of lives of innocent buyers and air travelers.


NMTV was launched in the year 1999, and is Maharashtra only accredited 24-hour, 7-day-a-week local cable news station of Navi Mumbai airing news bulletins and programs in English, Hindi and Marathi. NMTV represents the state-of-the-art in local television news coverage, delivering on a commitment of responsible and community-oriented journalism on an around-the-clock basis.

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