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Cancel OC in Safety Zone: VS to Government

The opposition leader has urged the state government to cancel the occupancy certificates issued to skyscrapers.

Published: 22nd March 2016 05:27 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd March 2016 05:27 AM   |  A+A-

Cancel OC in Safety

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Opposition Leader V S Achuthanandan has joined hands against the move to legalise high-rises in the safety zone around the international airport here. Achuthanandan on Monday urged the state government to cancel the occupancy certificates issued to skyscrapers above the permissible  height in the 20-km radius of the airport, deemed to be a high risk zone.

Following a request from the AAI, the City Corporation had earlier refused to give  occupancy certificates to some buildings falling within 20 km radius of the airport. These buildings, according to the AAI were above the permissible height prescribed in the aviation safety notification issued in 2010.   However recently, the Local Self Government Department issued an order allowing the City  Corporation to grant certificate to constructions before 2010. 

The order cited that the height restrictions imposed by the AAI in 2010 do not have  retrospective effect. Hence, as per the order, certificate can be granted to buildings which secured permit before 2010 as per the provisions of the Kerala Municipality Building Rules and site elevation certificate issued by PWD executive engineer.

The 2010 order of the AAI states that highrises within a 20-km radius of the airport needs an NoC from the Airport Authority of India.

Raze down buildings

The Opposition Leader urged the Union Civil Aviation Ministry to intervene in the issue which poses grave threat to the safety of passengers. He demanded the state and central governments to raze down the illegal constructions. 

Govt claims

Long-pending demand of local residents

Noretrospective effect for AAI’s 2010 notification

Development stalled

Critics’ claims

Only to help apartment builders at Akkulam

Safety of aircrafts, local residents at risk

Corruption involved

AAI Claims

Buildings stand in aircraft approach path 

Risk of collision

Incapacitates airport surveillance radar



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