Conduct safety audit of hoardings: Aba Bagul

ST CORRESPONDENT
Thursday, 11 October 2018

Aba Bagul said, “Most of the hoardings are located in heart of the city and on the busiest roads. These structures have not been changed for many years. So, the civic body has the duty to check structures as early as possible."

PUNE: Former deputy mayor and senior Congress corporator Aba Bagul has made a demand to conduct a safety audit of hoardings in the city following the recent hoarding collapse tragedy in Mangalwar Peth area. Bagul has given a letter to civic chief Saurabh Rao that the administration should issue an order to conduct an audit of hoardings to avoid such incidents in future.

Bagul said, “Most of the hoardings are located in heart of the city and on the busiest roads. These structures have not been changed for many years. So, the civic body has the duty to check structures as early as possible. Some of the gantries, a bridge-like overhead structure with a platform supporting equipment or cameras, had been placed in 2008 during the time of Common Wealth Games (CWG) event.” 

Last week, four persons were killed, while ten were injured after a massive hoarding fell on around 14 people, who were waiting at the traffic signal near Juna Bazaar around 2 pm. According to Bund Garden police, the hoarding was above 40 x 20 feet. 

According to the civic body’s Sky Sign Department, there are total 1,185 legal hoardings and 114 illegal hoardings in the city. Advertising companies have taken the license of two years from the civic body by paying Rs 222 per sq feet charge as a fee. Also, the PMC gets Rs 28 crore revenue per annum through hoardings.

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