MUMBAI: Pushing for taller buildings in Bandra Kurla Complex and Wadala, the city’s development authority has written to the Ministry of Civil Aviation saying it is willing to set up an additional radar atop the twin tunnels it has constructed on the Eastern Freeway at Panjarpol to serve the purpose. The response follows suggestion from the ministry that more radars spread across the city at different sites might ease flight movement, while simultaneously allowing taller buildings.
The present norms cap the height of buildings depending on their proximity to the airport runway to ensure that highrises do not interfere with radar signals or flight paths. The height restriction is a problem as developers offered a global Floor Space Index (FSI) cannot consume the entire FSI and find it difficult to secure permission from the civil aviation authority to construct taller structures.
After repeated correspondence with the MMRDA, civil aviation ministry officials had last year come to Mumbai for a site visit and later conducted a study funded by the former to look at the viability of allowing taller structures.
U P S Madan, Metropolitan Commissioner at MMRDA, said: “They have conducted a study. There is a thought that if there are more radars at different sites to monitor flight movements, it could be possible to allow more height for buildings in Bandra Kurla Complex and Wadala. The ministry has to send us a cost estimate for the same. It will roughly cost Rs 8 to 10 crore. It will be worthwhile setting up the radar even if it gives us a few meters more in height.”
So far, Madan said, the civil aviation authorities have allowed a height of up to 79-80 metres for buildings in BKC and Wadala.