HC: De­mol­ish floors to re­duce height of bldg near air­port Noth­ing’s of­fi­cial about What­sApp: Cos to staff

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dent ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­times.com Hi­mani Chandna letters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The Bom­bay high court on Wed­nes­day or­dered the par­tial de­mo­li­tion of a pri­vate res­i­den­tial build­ing near the in­ter­na­tional air­port’s run­way and pulled up both the Air­ports Author­ity of In­dia and the Direc­torate Gen­eral of Civil Avi­a­tion for not do­ing enough to en­sure safety of air pas­sen­gers and cit­i­zens liv­ing around the air­port.

A bench of jus­tice VM Kanade and jus­tice MS Sonak, while hear­ing pe­ti­tions on build­ings vi­o­lat­ing height reg­u­la­tions around the air­port, di­rected the Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) to reg­is­ter an FIR against the de­vel­oper of the build­ing within 48 hours and be­gin its de­mo­li­tion. It also is­sued no­tices to the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, DGCA and the chair­per­son, AAI.

The build­ing was a re­de­vel­op­ment project by SAILEE De­vel­op­ers Pvt Ltd and is cur­rently oc­cu­pied by some ten­ants and own­ers. It has been built close to the run­way and over­shoots the per­mis­si­ble height limit — the DGCA al­lowed con­struc­tion up to 13.9 me­tres, but the build­ing is 24.7 me­tres high. It came to light in court that the de­vel­oper man­aged to get the req­ui­site per­mis­sions to build on the ‘ap­proach sur­face’ by tweak­ing facts.

One can’t re­sign, ask for leave or send of­fice work on What­sApp, hu­man re­source folks at pop­u­lar com­pa­nies are telling em­ploy­ees. Com­pa­nies are dis­cour­ag­ing the use of What­sApp for of­fice com­mu­ni­ca­tion, say­ing the in­stant mes­sag­ing app owned by Face­book can only re­main an in­for­mal and un­of­fi­cial mode of in­ter­ac­tion. They fear los­ing sen­si­tive data be­cause of loop­holes in the app.

With over a bil­lion global users, a tenth of that in In­dia, What­sApp has to put its weight be­hind en­ter­prise com­mu­ni­ca­tion with fea­tures that al­low users to cre­ate groups, and share videos and doc­u­ments. It prom­ises “end-to-end en­cryp­tion” of all data shared over the plat­form.

But most com­pa­nies are not con­vinced.

“Com­pa­nies have no con­trol over in­for­ma­tion that em­ploy­ees have in their What­sApp ac­count, es­pe­cially af­ter they left the or­gan­i­sa­tion. If an em­ployee loses her phone, the app can be mis­used,” said Ri­tu­parna Chakroborty, co-founder of staffing firm Team­lease Ser­vices. Be­sides, em­ploy­ees think the app is an in­truder, es­pe­cially when some­body is on leave.

“Man­agers ex­pect an im­me­di­ate re­sponse to queries on What­sApp (if the mes­sage is read). That’s un­fair and we are un­der­tak­ing sen­si­ti­sa­tion drives among em­ploy­ees and man­agers … The app is not an of­fi­cial chan­nel of com­mu­ni­ca­tion,” said Bi­plob Banerjee, ex­ec­u­tive vice-pres­i­dent, hu­man re­source, at Ju­bi­lant FoodWorks Ltd, the op­er­a­tor of Dunkin’ Donuts and Domino’s Pizza in In­dia. Banerjee, how­ever, uses What­sApp to send short and crisp videos on com­pany poli­cies to the em­ploy­ees.

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