365 Obstacles For Aircraft Around IGI Airport: HC Told


The Delhi High Court was today told by the operator of the IGI airport here that there are 365 obstacles around the aviation hub that may pose a threat to aircraft safety.

A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar directed the Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) which runs the airport, and the local authorities to give a list of the obstacles, their nature and the action taken to remove them.

The court asked the aviation regulator DGCA how it granted permission for a runway at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport when there were obstacles around it.

It also made the Delhi government a party as the District Collector was the authority who would ensure demolition of the obstacles on receipt of information on it from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

The observations and direction from the bench came on a PIL by Kerala-based lawyer Yashwanth Shenoy who said the Aerocity, which has several high rise hotels, near the international airport was major threat to security and safety of the aircraft flying over it.

He said it was easy for any terrorist to bring down a plane from these hotels as they do not have bullet-proof windows, a requirement for being allowed to come up there, neither sufficient security personnel at these establishments.

He said the hotels at the Aerocity have not used bullet-proof windows, saying these were not financially viable for them.

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