An alleged wrong estimation of the Above Mean Sea Level (AMSL) by a private builder to construct a 17-storey building, 4.5 km from the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s (HAL) defence aerodrome, has been approved by HAL that handles the airport. - - - - Responding to the allegation of having given an NOC for a wrongful estimation of the AMSL, an HAL spokesperson said: “We have given the NOC based on the elevation being surveyed by Precision Survey and checked and verified by the Ambedkar Institute. The site is marked and signed by BBMP on our zoning map also.”
For the full report in the Deccan Herald, click here.
Now, which is this Ambedkar Institute that has supposedly carried out the checks and verifications? Are they authorised for the purpose? Builders are known to use all kinds of methods to circumvent the laws of the land, some of which are admittedly outmoded. This route, if the allegation is true, is a new one, and to add 5 extra floors, right along the flight path - rather scary.
Apart from the above, what is equally worrying is the increased traffic congestion and water shortages that will result out of such developments, without the necessary infrastructure in place to support them. OK - Vivarea is done (barring the question of the extra floors). But, do we need the even bigger Mantri Mall (that is proposed along the Sarjapur road), the Maverick/ Garuda Mall (across the Games Village), apart from the Shantinagar Co-op House Building Society developments that it is already in progress on the 62 acre land around the Nirgun Mandir area, details on all of which can be accessed here?
PS: All in all, it reinforces the thinking that there has to be totally new and sustainable approaches to development planning. One such proposal for an SDZ (sustainable development zone) plan is discussed here.