Bulldozing Billboards! BMC's Big Action After Mumbai Hoarding Collapse Claims 14 Lives

The incident of Mumbai Hoarding Collapse has prompted the BMC to take action against all oversized billboards. In its order to Central Railway and the Western Railway, it has asked to remove all billboard that is larger than 40 x 40. The hoarding collapse in Ghatkopar claimed 14 lives, while left nearly 75 people injured on Monday.
Mumbai Hoarding Collapse

Bulldozing Billboards! BMC's Big Action After Mumbai Hoarding Collapse Claims 14 Lives (Representative Image)

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Mumbai: The Ghatkopar hoarding collapse incident has sparked concerns among the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials over public safety. The incident on Monday claimed 14 lives, while injuring nearly 75 people. This prompted the authorities to launch a crackdown on oversized billboards that poses danger on human lives. The Mumbai civic body has issued directions to the administrations of the Central Railway and the Western Railway, asking them to remove all oversized hoardings erected on their land.
The civic body issued an official release on Wednesday evening, saying that it took weather and wind conditions in consideration, and decided not to allow any hoarding above the permitted size. It said that under Section 30 (2) (V) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, the notices have been issued to the authorities of both the zonal railways for removal of hoardings above 40 x 40 feet size.
"Taking into consideration the geographical position of Mumbai, the coastal region, its weather and wind conditions, the civic body has decided not to permit erection of hoardings larger than 40x40 feet in size," read the release.

Mumbai Hoarding Collapse

On Monday, a hoarding measured 120x120 feet collapsed on a petrol pump at Chheda Nagar in Ghatkopar area of Mumbai. The incident occurred due to gusty winds and unseasonal rains.
The civic body officials claimed that the collapsed hoarding stood on a piece of land in possession of the Government Railway Police (GRP). The Ghatkopar incident concerned the BMC officials who immediately launched a drive for demolition of illegal hoardings "on war footing". In the latest, the remaining three hoardings on the GRP's land in Ghatkopar have been demolished already.
BMC claimed that they were erected without obtaining permission. "The three hoardings at Chheda Nagar will be demolished, taking the wind speed into consideration," the BMC said.
It said that it has already removed a huge hoarding of a sweet shop outside the Malad railway station in the city. Several citizens had complained about the hoarding through social media
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