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Bombay High Court orders DGCA, MIAL to serve notice on Illegal structures alongside Mumbai airport

The Bombay High Court on Thursday directed the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) to serve legal notices to a total of 112 structures built ‘illegaly’ alongside the city’s airport. The court has also directed the authorities to take action against them within three months.

The directions came from a division bench presided by Justice Vidyasagar Kanade and Justice Swapna Joshi who were hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) which has drawn attention over the alleged threat to the security and safety of passengers travelling from the two airports.

Pursuant to the bench’s directions, DGCA furnished details regarding the statutory provisions for height restrictions of structures constructed alongside the airports. The DGCA informed the bench that after a survey, a total of 112 buildings near both  airports have been reported to be violating the height norms and aviation safety rules.

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