Tuesday, September 17, 2013

sea-link plan and Juhu airport


​Plan to cut Juhu runway’s length by half



MUMBAI: In a controversial move that could cripple helicopter operations at Juhu airport, the Airports Authority of India plans to shorten the length of the airport's secondary runway by more than half.

The plan was announced by AAI officials in a safety assessment meeting in Delhi on Tuesday to discuss plans for a helipad at Juhu. But AAI officials came up with a new plan instead. "They want to reduce the length of the secondary runway from 2,400 ft to 984 ft and create parking space for aircraft," said Capt Andrew Manchanda of Pawan Hans. "On a short runway, helicopters will not be able to lift off with maximum payload," he added. They would need to carry fewer passengers and fuel, a non-viable option for commercial oil rig operations to Bombay High. Chopper industry insiders alleged that the move would help builders who were illegally granted height increase permission by AAI for buildings near the Juhu airport.

Choppers need a certain length of runway to take-off/land. While take-off, a chopper accelerates with its nose down, flying parallel to the runway up to a certain distance till it reaches what is called, the safety speed. In event of an engine failure, the take-off is aborted and to land a chopper safely a 1,000 ft strip would not suffice. 

  1. Bandra-Versova sea-link plan in conflict with Juhu airport plan ...

    articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com › CollectionsAai
    Feb 15, 2013 - MUMBAI: Nervous that the proposed Bandra-Versova sea-link will hamper their plans for the development of the Juhu airport, the Airports ...

  2. Juhu airport a hurdle for proposed sea link - Hindustan Times

    www.hindustantimes.com › India-newsMumbai
    Feb 14, 2013 - ... plans for the Juhu airport could pose a roadblock for the proposed sea link ... if small planes such as turboprops or ATRs are diverted to Juhu.

  3. Juhu airfield runway revamp plan keeps sea link in mind - Mumbai ...

    www.dnaindia.com › Mumbai
    Mar 18, 2013 - A proposal had been made earlier to extend the runway of the Juhu airfield by 1000 metres towards the Arabian sea. - Mumbai - dna.


    Maharashtra govt shoots down AAI's Juhu airport expansion plan ...

    www.business-standard.com/.../maharashtra-govt-shoots-down-aai-s-juh...
    Jan 8, 2013 - The AAI, which manages the Juhu airport, has proposed to extend the ... sea-link from Bandra to Versova and extended runway could impact its ...

    Bombay Photo Images: Juhu airfield extension & sea link FOR \/s ...

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    Jul 4, 2013 - CLASH OF LANDING PATHWAYS FOR MAIN AIRPORT AND JUHU ... CLASH OF EXTENDED JUHU AIRPORT WITH VERSOVA SEA LINK ...


    Juhu airport still dirty, defenceless


    MUMBAI: Despite repeated terror threats and a two-month-old promise to deploy state police security personnel, Juhu airport remains one of the most vulnerable aerodromes in the country.

    As the proposal to induct 117 police personnel is pending with the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security ( BCAS), only 30 policemen currently guard the airport. The policemen also cannot provide round-the-clock security due to lack of basic amenities such as washrooms and toilets for them. The newly laid perimeter road, around 500 metres long, has already become unapproachable and unhygienic for even policemen as slum-dwellers use it as an open toilet, said sources. Juhu airport's boundary also continues to be open to intrusions.

    Sources at the airport said two months ago, locals from Nehru Nagar slum, a part of which already extends around 29 acres into the airport, started constructing a structure within the airport premises; it was subsequently demolished by the airport officials and the police.

    "There are still repeated intrusions into the airport. The police force currently deployed is not enough to guard it," said an Airports Authority of India (AAI) official. He added a proper boundary wall can be constructed only when security officials patrol the area and keep slum-dwellers from demolishing it.

    Currently, the extended portion of the slum is barely 100 meters from the edge of the secondary runway. Children walk in to play on the runway and people from the neighbourhood steal aircraft spare parts.

    Earlier, AAI was in negotiations with the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) for about four years. After a long stand-off, AAI, in July, eventually decided to get 117 state police officials to guard the airport. These officials would not only ensure security at the boundary but also check staffers and people coming into the airport to board flights.

    "Currently, all companies operating from the airport handle their security individually. There is no one independent agency conducting checks. This increases the risk," said an airport source. He further said the proposal to deploy police is still awaiting sanction despite Juhu airport being on the list of terror threats.