114 hoardings in the city are illegal
After the hoarding collapse incident which killed four people, the civic administration has started taking action against illegal hoardings in the city. There are 114 illegal hoardings in the city. The corporation demolished a hoarding in Bopodi on Saturday.
Pune: After the hoarding collapse incident which killed four people, the civic administration has started taking action against illegal hoardings in the city. There are 114 illegal hoardings in the city. The corporation demolished a hoarding in Bopodi on Saturday. The administration is claiming that maximum illegal hoardings are in the jurisdiction of Central Railway and along the river in the jurisdiction of the irrigation department. Now, the civic body has issued an order to all advertising companies who have erected hoardings to submit fresh structural stability reports to the corporation within a week.
According to civic body’s Sky Sign Department, there are total 1,185 legal hoarding and 114 legal hoardings in the city. Advertising companies have taken the licence of two years from the civic body by paying Rs 222 per sq feet charge as fee. Also, the civic body gets Rs 28 crore revenue per annum through hoardings.
According to the civic body, illegal hoardings have been erected in Hadapsar, Nagar Road, Dhole Patil Road area and under the jurisdiction of railway administration and irrigation department.
While speaking to Sakal Times, Vijay Dahibhate, Head of Sky Sign Department of the civic body said, “The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has taken a serious note of the hoarding collapse incident. We have issued an order to all 15 ward offices to conduct a fresh survey check size, licences of hoardings and take action against illegal hoardings. The structural stability report is one of the main documents which the advertiser have to submit to the PMC before getting a licence. However, against the background of the incident, we have also issued a letter to Pune Hoarding Association to submit a fresh Structural Stability Report to the PMC within a week.”
“We have started action against illegal hoardings and on Saturday, we demolished a hoarding in Bopodi. We have sent another notice to railway administration to remove hoardings that are facing the RTO office near the railway bridge. All these hoardings are illegal and oversised. As per Bombay Provincial Municipal Corporation (Control of Advertising and Hoarding) Rules -2003, corporation can give permission to hoarding size of maximum 40 feet by 20 feet. However, advertising companies extend the size of hoardings which is illegal,” said Dahibhate.
Balasaheb Ganjave, President of Pune Hoarding Association, said, “We have given instructions to all our members to follow 2003 Hoarding Policy rules. Maximum number of illegal hoardings are placed in fringe areas of the city as corporation officials don’t visit them. Also, the hoarding company is not responsible for the incident as the company had written letters to the railway administration.”
Meanwhile, one of advertisers raised the issue of structural stability report. Ganjave said, “Most of the structural engineers have issued a stability report without visiting the site and making a physical inspection of hoardings. They demand a picture from the advertiser and issue a certificate and this is dangerous.”