Hotel plea to erect helipad rejected

The multi-storey building (MSB) panel of Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority has rejected a proposal for construction of a helipad on the terrace of the ITC Grand Chola Hotel in Guindy.

The hotel is under construction and had initially sought planning permission without helipad, according to CMDA officials. It had also handed over 10 per cent of around eight acre land to the CMDA as part of the Open Space Reservation that has been taken over by the Chennai Corporation.

Following a new proposal for commissioning of a helipad on top of the building, the hotel had submitted a revised plan with some modifications, said CMDA officials. It had also sought the OSR land for suitable realignment.

Officials of Chennai Corporation and Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services raised objection to the plan for the helipad on the 49-metre-high hotel building citing problems faced by other cities that had recently given approval for such facilities. The officials said such a proposal could be accepted only after conducting a proper study on the impact of helipad on the structural stability of neighbouring buildings.

After the MSB panel returned the plan proposal seeking no objection certificates from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, police and the TNFRS, the hotel resubmitted the plan without a helipad, according to CMDA officials. The hotel would have three basement floors and ground plus ten floors.

ITC Grand Chola authorities, said the management was committed to erecting a “helideck” to the satisfaction of all authorities.

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