No flying zone” declared over Kalpakkam nuclear set up

December 19th, 2008 - 2:47 pm ICT by ANI  

Kalpakkam, Dec 19 (ANI): The Government has declared a ”no-fly zone” around ten-kilometre radius of the Kalpakkam atomic power station in Tamil Nadu.
In a notice to all aviation operators, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) prohibited all flying activities up to an altitude of 10,000 feet over the Kalpakkam area, official sources said.
The Director of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre from Mumbai said that the Government’’s step to declare ”no-fly zone” was extremely essential from the security point of view.
“It was absolutely essential for two reasons. One is security because anything if it is on the route, anything can come in without your knowledge,,” said S.Basu Director, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre.
The order has been issued under special powers granted to the DGCA under the Aircraft Act of 1934.
Aided by this clause, designated airports or the relevant apex bodies can issue directives to all aviation operators, including the air traffic control, communication, navigation including surveillance and air traffic management to monitor and safeguard the civil aircrafts.
Situated about 80 kilometres from Chennai, Kalpakkam is the home to the erstwhile Madras Atomic Power Station (MAPS-I), one of India’’s pride and the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research. (ANI)

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