New Delhi: The Union Government on Wednesday granted operational clearance to Tata Group’s private roof-top helipad, the second such facility in the country, in south Mumbai.

Director-General of Civil Aviation Kanu Gohain signed the papers here granting permission to the Tata Group for the helipad atop the Taj Wellington Mews - a luxury hotel - for private use. Trial landings were conducted last month. The other such helipad is also in Mumbai and is operated by the Essar Group from its facility in the Mahalakshmi area.

“Such helipads will encourage users and, in particular, hospitals to operate helicopters for medical emergencies or disaster management,” Mr. Gohain said on the sidelines of an international conference on chopper operations here. He said some more applications, received earlier, had been rejected primarily on grounds of obstacles in the flight path. About proposals to construct heliports in Delhi, especially on the banks of the Yamuna, Mr. Gohain said, “Helipads or heli-stops could be considered there, if not for public use and subject to fulfilling of the conditions, rules and regulations set by the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation),” he said. — PTI