Delhi: Luxury hotel, mall among 176 obstacles in flight path at the airport
A luxury hotel, a housing complex in South Delhi, trees, power pylons, shopping mall and telecom towers are among the 176 obstacles posing a potential safety risk to planes approaching the city because they are on the flight path.
On Thursday, Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), a consortium led by GMR Group, issued notices to companies, government agencies and individuals asking them to furnish details of the structures.
“The owners will be asked to remove the obstacles in some cases, and if they fail to do so, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will initiate demolition of the structures. AAI is one of the partners in the GMR-led consortium,” said Airports Authority of India.
“If the approach path of a flight is not clear, it is obviously a safety issue. But whether a building is an obstacle has to be calculated through the distance and height (of a structure), and the height of an approaching plane in that area. There is a set formula for that and there is a possibility that some buildings might have come much later without the approval,” said VK Kukar, a former Air India Pilot.