HSIA in risk,due to the high-rise buildings

Dhaka Hazrat Shajalal International Airport (HSIA) comprises a 'serious threat' to flying of aircraft due to several dozen new high-rise buildings near, said the country's civil aviation regulator.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB ) formed a committee that will work with the Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (RAJUK) and the Dhaka City Corporation North, to deduce this problematic issue of the skyscrapers.

The initiative has been taken on a letter issued by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) urging the CAAB to demolish all those buildings constructed around the HSIA in violation of the country's aviation rules. The ICAO may drop the HSIA from the list of its members, if the flying area is not standardized.

"On identification of all those buildings we will ascertain whether they will be demolished or redesigned," the official said.

"If these buildings are not demolished, accidents could happen at any time," an aeronautical engineer said.

To avoid risks and keep aircraft flights smooth, an area of 3,000 feet from each end of a runway should be considered 'zero-height' area and from that point only one foot of height is allowed for each 50 feet of distance till 10,500 feet from both ends of the runway, according to the regulations.

According to RAJUK, Dhaka has experienced a building boom with hundreds of new multi-storey buildings growing up over the past decade.

Many of the high-rises do not even comply with building regulations, as some owners bribe corrupt officials or simply do not maintain construction regulations.