The Airport Authority of India (AAI) on Monday filed an affidavit before the Gujarat High Court submitting that in all 41 buildings were identified as obstacles in a joint survey around the Surat Airport, of which 14 buildings have removed/reduced the obstacles and now have ceased to be an obstacle.
The affidavit filed on behalf of AAI stated that the No Objection Certificates (NOCs) of the building that have been identified as obstacles are now deemed to be cancelled and such NOCs cannot stand hence there is no question of regularising the same.
In case the builders/residents of buildings in question consent to having the height of the building reduced in accordance with the actual WGS-84 co-ordinates as per the joint survey, then they will issue a fresh requisite NOC to them for the new WGS-84 co-ordinates with the actual height available at the site of location.
Surat airport and NOC to buildings
The NOC obtained by the builders was based on wrong coordinates and site elevation provided by them at the relevant point of time and the construction of buildings deviated from the actual data. The disputed buildings and construction in question were impacting safe flight operation at Surat Airport, the affidavit said.
The affidavit further said that the possibility of extending the runway on the opposite side is meager since sea and oil pipelines are crossing the channels. The obstruction caused by the buildings has not only rendered a huge expenditure but has also jeopardized any chance of using bigger aircraft at Surat Airport.
Earlier Gujarat High Court had asked the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA ) to clarify whether the buildings near Surat Airport runway are obstacles or not. The court had directed this while hearing a PIL filed about the height of buildings acting as an obstacle near the Surat Airport.
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