Advertisers to be held responsible for hoarding collapse, says BMC

Pandurang Mhaske
Tuesday, 14 January 2020

“If the structure is weak, then BMC refuses the proposal to instal any hoarding on it,” Pardeshi said. 

MUMBAI: The BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to put the responsibility of hoardings in the city on the advertisers. 

The municipal commissioner, in his report, suggested that the advertisers will be responsible for any hoarding collapses in the city. 

BMC’s Law Committee has moved a proposal about the policy for advertisement hoardings in the city. The commissioner has mentioned that the advertiser will have to submit insurance details about the hoarding before getting permission from the civic body to instal any hoarding in the city. 

Shiv Sena corporator Pravina Morajkar has moved the proposal citing that many hoardings in the city have been erected on weak structures and there are chances of mishaps occurring.

“The civic body has to take precautions for erection of hoardings,” Morajkar said. 

While replying on Morajkar’s proposal, Commissioner Pravin Pardeshi has said that the BMC allows hoardings on structures only after checking their structural stability from authorised structural auditor. 

If the structure is on the ground, then the BMC asks for the stability of the tower where the hoarding will be installed. “If the structure is weak, then BMC refuses the proposal to instal any hoarding on it,” Pardeshi said. 

“The BMC also asks for insurance of the hoarding from the advertiser and only then, allows it,” the commissioner  further stated. 

While replying over the incidents of hoarding collapses, the commissioner said that the BMC has fixed the responsibility of the hoardings on advertisers. A detailed provision about any accident of hoarding collapses and insurance from the advertisers of the hoardings will be included in the new policy. 

However, Law Committee Chairman Sheetal Mhatre said, “There are chances of hoarding collapses if the structure is weak and the Law Committee will frame new guidelines very soon.”

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