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Construction of buildings near Goa Airport sans NOC would pose threat to flights, base: Navy

Panaji, Oct 21 (UNI) The Navy on Monday said that construction of buildings in close proximity to Dabolim International Airport, without formal permission from it, would pose a threat to both INS Hansa, from where the airport operates, and aircrafts using the facility.
In a statement, the Navy said, ''A 2015 Gazette notification issued by the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), stipulates that a ‘No Objection Certificate’ (NOC) needs to be sought from the Operating Authority of a particular aerodrome prior any construction within 20 kilometers from the runway. Since Dabolim is a military/ civil dual use airfield, the Indian Navy is the aerodrome operating authority and the requirement of NOC is being pursued only in accordance with MoCA guidelines. The purpose of the NOC is to examine the merit of each case and ensure no construction jeopardizes flight safety in the interest of tourists, local population etc.''
It also maintained that apprehension raised by local politicians with regards to implementation of notification issued by Ministry of Civil Aviation which stipulated the need for NOC from aerodrome, in case of Goa Indian Navy whose naval base hosts the airport, was unfounded.
''In order to simplify the NOC process, a simple Colour Coded Zoning Map (CCZM) - which separates sectors/ areas in various categories within 20 kilometers from the runway - and the same has been promulgated on 15 Oct 2019. Only the Core Area around Dabolim Airfield and the Approach Path of runways would thereafter require NOC. In other sectors NOC can be granted by local administration subject to varying height limitations. Only construction above these height limitations would require an NOC from the aerodrome operator. Thus the apprehension that the Navy will require NOCs from areas as far as Dona Paula and Agacaim for small buildings is unfounded,'' it said.
The Navy also clarified that a person did not need to visit Naval premises for NOC purposes since NOC applications were forwarded to the Navy through local administration such as panchayat and municipality.
It said there were some buildings which had not sought NOC from the Navy as required by Government of India rules and the same had been brought to the notice of Goa Government.
''There are a few specific constructions in the immediate vicinity of Dabolim Airport which are extremely detrimental to safe flying as well as security of this important airbase. These buildings have not sought NOC from Indian Navy as required by GoI rules. The matter has been brought to the notice of Govt of Goa and is being addressed suitably,'' the statement said.
Recently, Goa Transport Minister and former Deputy Chief Minister Mauvin Godinho had accused the Navy of harassing those who were constructing buildings within 20 km area of the runway, citing 2015 notification issued by the central government.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant is expected to convene a meeting of Indian Navy and state government agencies on October 22, 2019, to resolved the issue.
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