New norms to set up VIP helipads
MUMBAI: Rattled by a series of helicopter mishaps faced by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, the state administration has decided to set up helipads only at select places, like MIDC estates, open playgrounds or police parade grounds in and around towns or villages.
The helipads’ radius should be about 500 metres without any cable, wire or highrise building intercepting gliding paths, policy guidelines finalised by the state have suggested. The guidelines were issued by Mantralaya on Friday to local administrative offices across the state.
The basic certification of the site will have to be done by the collector, on whose recommendation the director of the state’s civil aviation wing will inspect and approve it for landings and take-offs, the amended policy suggested.
Another senior official said the biggest roadblock in creating safe helipads was local administrations, especially officials in infrastructure agencies, who have to act in accordance with guidelines while creating helipads. “Delays in budget provisions for helipads is another hurdle in achieving targets,” he added.