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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 11:25 pm 
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Chandni Chowk flyover project: NLC machinery smoke screening air traffic

By Azam Khan

Published: November 22, 2011

RAWALPINDI:
A concrete batching plant installed at Rawal Road is posing a hazard for Benazir Bhutto International Airport’s flight traffic.

Officials of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) told The Express Tribune that the batching plant has been installed by the National Logistic Cell (NLC) for the construction of Chandni Chowk Flyover in violation of CAA’s rules.

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) pilots, CAA officials and environmentalists said that the plant is billowing smog into the atmosphere, which is affecting the visibility of around 20 to 25 flights daily. They expressed concern over installing the construction machinery so close to the airport’s runway. An official said that a flyover should not be constructed so close to the airport as it would pose problems for future flights.

He said that NLC has turned down all the requests by the authority to remove its machinery from Rawal Road, which has been installed in the “prohibited zone”. Another official alleged that Commissioner Rawalpindi Zahid Saeed was creating hurdles in implementing the authority’s rules, as he is not responding to CAA’s directions.

According to a press release issued by City District Government Rawalpindi, a meeting was held to review the progress on Murree Road flyover project, chaired by of Commissioner Rawalpindi Zahid Saeed and MNA Hanif Abbasi. The meeting, however, only gave approval of shifting utility services from the project site instead of the problematic machinery.

The CAA official requesting anonymity told The Express Tribune that the commissioner is delaying the issue of relocating the batching plant away from the airport. The commissioner is buying time as the construction project will complete in another four months, he added.

Source: tribune.com.pk

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2011 5:18 pm 
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CAA tells Punjab govt Chandni Chowk Flyover unsafe to fly over

11/24/2011

RAWALPINDI, Nov 23:
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) raised objection over the height of Chandni Chowk Flyover and asked Punjab government to reduce it from 26 to 23 feet as the current height might disturb the movement of airplanes.

City District Government Rawalpindi (CDGR) officials told Dawn on Wednesday that the CAA officials held a meeting with their senior officials as well as those of the National Logistic Cell (NLC) and the highway department at the defence ministry to discuss the issues pertaining to issuing No Objection Certificate (NOC) for the project and asked to reduce the height of flyover.

The CAA officials also objected to the building by-laws of the CDGR in the area around Benazir Bhutto International Airport and runway near Rawal Road and said that it allowed people to construct 60-foot high buildings in the area whereas the CAA rules clearly articulate that no highrise buildings would be allowed within 200 metres areaaround the runway.

They said the flyover was being constructed in the area that was nearly two-kilometre away from the runway and its height and lamp-posts would create problems for air traffic in future. They said the Punjab government also constructed Institute of Cardiology on Rawal Road without getting approval from the CAA in violation of the law.

The CDGR and NLC officials were of the view that the Chandni Chowk Flyover`s height would be lower than the existing highrise building in the vicinity.

They pointed out that there were more than six buildings in the area that were nearly 40 feet high.

They said that CAA had not raised any objection when these buildings were constructed and now it came forward to raise objection over the Flyover project. They said that it would be difficult for the CDGR to raze the existing buildings.

The CDGR officials refused to reduce the height of Chandni Chowk Flyover and said that the presentheight would not hinder the air traffic in any way.

However, they suggested a proposal that the height of lamp posts could be reduced by two-foot and the street lights could be installed on the grilling.

However, the CAA officials said that the authority would contact International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) for its expert opinion before issuance of NOC to Flyover. In the meanwhile, the work on project should be stopped.

When contacted, Commissioner Zahid Saeed confirmed that the CAA objected to the flyover`s height but the matter would be solved in coming days.

He said he asked the NLC to prepare the map of the area to inform CAA officials that the height of Flyover was lower than the existing buildings but the CAA officials did not accept the offer. He said the government contacted the CAA for NOC to avoid Institute of Cardiology-like controversy. `The work on the project will continue as it had to be completed within 90 days ` he said. -Aamir Yasin

Source: DAWN

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2012 1:13 pm 
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CAA yet to give NOC: `Hazardous` flyover opens today

Aamir Yasin

RAWALPINDI, March 9:
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif opens the Rs1.216 billion Chandni Chowk Flyover to traffic on Saturday, a promise kept but in disregard of the objections by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) that its height could interfere with the air traffic at the nearby Benazir Bhutto International Airport.

It may have been built “in record time”, but certainly without obtaining the mandatory `No Objection Certificate` from the CAA – as was the Institute of Cardiology on Rawal Road just a short distance from the end of the runway of the airport. Law does not allow tall buildings and structures within 200 metres of airport limits.

The CAA had asked the provincial government to reduce the height of flyover from 6 meter to 5 meter but Lahore did not pay any heed to its requests and moved ahead with the project.

The flyover is just two-kilometre from the Benazir Bhutto International Airport runway and its height and lampposts will create problems for air traffic in future.

The CAA officials said the Punjab government also constructed Institute of Cardiology on Rawal Road without getting approval from the CAA in violation of the law as the height of the building was above 60 feet.

The CDGR officials engaged in the project requesting not to be named said that the total height of the flyover was 5.5 meters and after the movement of heavy traffic at the road and establishment of lampposts it will go above six meters.

They said that apart from the objections, the project cost also escalated as the owners of two petrol filling stations and BBH demanded Rs70 million and Rs40 million as a compensation for using their land for the construction of service road along flyover and for rehabilitation of sewerage lines.

Rana Basharat, Project Director Chandni Chowk Flyover, insisted that the height of the flyover was within the limit as described by the CAA and it would pose no hazard to air traffic,” he said.

When asked the CAA asked the administration to reduce the height to five metre, he said that addition of two or three metres in height would not create problem to the CAA. However, he admitted that the CAA had not given NoC for the project.

When contacted, Acting Commissioner Saqib Zafar said that the administration was negotiating matters with CAA officials. He said that the issue was pending with Defence Secretary. “You can say the issuance of NoC is in process,” he said.

He said that the CDGR officials had already informed the CAA authorities that the height of the flyover was not more than the adjacent buildings in the area. He said that the private buildings constructed in the area were much higher than the flyover.

Benazir Bhutto International Airport Manager Asghar Faheem Khattak said that the CAA had made objection to the flyover. However, he was not aware of the reaction of the higher authorities as the matter was pending with ministry of defence.

Source: DAWN

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Photo of the flyover in today's (March 10) newspaper.

Note the flyover is surrounded by taller buildings, mobile phone towers and billboards. So, objections against the height of this flyover are strange.

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