Multi-storey buildings’ int’l laws to be implemented in airport localities: Sarwar

ISLAMABAD:A sub-committee of the Federal Cabinet on High Rise Buildings Tuesday decided to ensure implementation of international laws of Civil Aviation in construction of multi- storey buildings within 15.24 kilometers radius of all airports.

Special Assistance to Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation Dr Sania Nishtar and Federal Minister for Power Omar Ayub Khan are also members of the sub- Committee.

Federal Minister for Civil Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan said the Civil Aviation Rules-1994 (Rule 68) defined height restriction in terms of various Obstacle Limitation Surfaces (OLS) around an aerodrome up to a maximum limit of 15.24 kms.

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) also defined similar criteria to safeguard aerodrome.

Besides these OLSA, instrument flight procedures for aircraft operation had to be safeguarded through obstacle clearance criteria to ensure clear flights paths.

For all remaining areas falling within the obstacle limitation surfaces, provisions of Rules 68 and ICAO relevant standards shall remain in force.

Ghulam Sarwar said sky scrapers under 15.24 kms radius of airports are quite dangerous for aircraft landing and during takeoff.

The minister said final decision in this regard would be taken by the cabinet.

Among others, DDG, CAA Air Commodore Nasir Hamdani, Joint Secretary Aviation Division Abdul Sattar Khokhar and Senior officials attended the meeting.