Gujarat HC reprimands SMC, DGCA  for not submitting compliance report on demolition of buildings obstructing flightpath at Surat airport.

Surat : The Gujarat High Court’s divisional bench reprimanded the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) for not submitting the action taken report against the residential buildings obstructing the landing and take-offs of the flight in the funnel of the runway at Surat airport. The High Court observed that merely issuing notices cannot be considered as action taken report, but the SMC must act on ground by taking up the demolition of the buildings obstructing the flightpath.

According to Vishwas Bhambhurkar, petition in the case, SMC submitted that they have issued notices to the builders of 27 residential projects for submitting their replies on why the Building Use Certificates (BUCs) should not be cancelled for the buildings obstructing the flightpath of Surat Airport. However, the HC observed the notices to the builders on BCU cannot be considered as the action taken report.

Over 100 residential buildings in some 27 projects have been identified as obstruction to the safe flight operations at Surat airport. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had recently issued notices to such buildings for carrying out self-demolition to remove the obstructions in the flightpath of Surat runway.

Gujarat HC bench sought reply from the DGCA regarding the action taken report, to which it was submitted that they (DGCA) have already issued notices to the concerned builders and residential apartments for removing the obstruction. The court reprimanded the DGCA saying that bureaucratic actions will not work here. At the same time, the HC asked the SMC to submit the list of equipment and the required infrastructure for demolishing the buildings.

Further, the Gujarat HC asked the SMC and the DGCA to submit the compliance report on the buildings obstructing the flightpath of Surat runway latest by December 2.

Vishwas Bhambhurkar, petitioner in the case said that the Gujarat HC has asked the SMC and the DGCA to file compliance report latest by December 2. However, an appeal can be filed till August 31, after which the DGCA will take the decision on demolishing the buildings obstructing the flightpath at Surat runway.