After Mumbai Billboard Collapse Incident, Noida Plans Structural Audit Of Unipoles, Hoardings

Days after the collapse of an illegal hoarding in Mumbai’s Ghatkopar, Noida Authority has asked the civil and technical cell and other departments to conduct a structural audit of foot overbridges, unipoles, electrical poles, etc.
Structural audit of foot overbridges, unipoles, electrical poles, and hoardings. (Representational Image)

Structural audit of foot overbridges, unipoles, electrical poles, and hoardings. (Representational Image)

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Noida: In the wake of the tragic collapse of an illegal hoarding in Mumbai’s Ghatkopar, which claimed 16 lives, the Noida Authority has asked civil, technical and other departments to conduct a structural audit of foot overbridges (FOBs), unipoles, electrical poles, and hoardings. This decision aims to ensure these structures can withstand strong winds and other natural calamities.
As per a Times of India report, the Noida Authority CEO Lokesh M issued directives on Monday to the general manager (external advertising) and deputy general managers of the civil, traffic, electrical and mechanical departments. Certified technical institutions will be engaged to conduct the audit, which will focus on the structural integrity of FOBs, unipoles, electric poles, and gantries.
The departments have been instructed to submit a comprehensive report after the audit. This report will help in identifying potential risks and taking necessary actions to prevent accidents or collapses.
Numerous large-sized advertisement hoardings are installed at major road junctions and throughout the city. These heavy structures have been implicated in several past accidents, emphasising the need for a structural audit to ensure they can withstand strong winds and storms.
According to Noida Authority records, there are six unipoles along with hoardings on 16 pink toilets, 102 public toilets, and 31 FOBs. Officials stated that if the audit reveals that these structures do not meet the required strength standards, the responsible companies will be required to replace them and may face fines.
Noida has a history of accidents involving hoardings. On May 13, 2018, a hoarding fell between Bisrakh and Kisan Chowk, resulting in the death of a father and injuries to his child. Similarly, on May 23, 2016, a hoarding pole fell in front of DLF in Sector 18, causing the deaths of two people.
The recent Ghatkopar incident, where an illegal hoarding weighing 250 tonnes collapsed during a sudden dust storm and rain, underscores the urgency of these audits. The collapse resulted in 16 fatalities and over 70 injuries, highlighting the potential dangers of inadequately secured hoardings.
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