Monday, February 07, 2011
The request produced no response and the AAI on Friday referred the matter to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation for action. The statue is 5 ft. higher than the permitted height of 82 feet and causing obstruction to aircraft movement. The AAI will now await on the future course of action.
Aviation authorities are keen to take corrective steps as the statue's extra height has rendered only 3,083 yds. of the 4,680 yard-long runway usable. Aircraft have to land after clearing the statue, which means they glide over the runway for a while before actually touching down.