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