India, Oct. 21 -- The Indian Navy, under pressure from politicians over its decision to regulate construction in areas surrounding the international airport in Goa, has defended its decision, saying it was only following the guidelines of the Union ministry of civil aviation.

The navy has also warned that there are "a few specific constructions in the immediate vicinity of the Dabolim Airport which are extremely detrimental to safe flying as well as security of this important airbase."

A simple Colour Coded Zoning Map (CCZM), which separates sectors or areas in various categories within 20km from the runway, was promulgated by the Indian Navy earlier this month.

The map saw a livid state BJP minister Mauvin Godinho accusing the navy of...