This move came after Tuesday’s heavy rain and hailstorm in the city.

Fearing heavy storms and rain Hyd municipality bans banners and hoardingsImage for representation
news News Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 08:49

In a move to take safety measures ahead of rough weather, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has imposed a temporary ban on all display advertisements on hoardings and unipoles in Hyderabad till June 15.

The government has taken the decision after Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has reportedly said there is a possibility of heavy showers in the coming days.

“The decision has been taken by the civic body keeping in mind the safety of people and their property. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has informed the municipal corporation about the possibility of the city witnessing up to 510 cm rains with gusty winds ranging between 100 and 150 km per hour,” GHMC commissioner B Janardhan Reddy told Times of India.

This move came after Tuesday’s heavy rain and hailstorm in the city.

Hyderabad reportedly received 96mm rainfall on Tuesday. Due to the storms and heavy rainfall, 290 trees were uprooted, there was water stagnation at 56 points and nearly 32 electric poles were damaged in the GHMC limits.

Apart from that, the thunderstorm led to four hoardings collapsing in different locations which caused damage to property and vehicles.

To avoid this threat to safety of people and property, the government has directed advertising agencies to immediately remove their banners from about 2,900 hoardings and 350 unipoles in the city.

Last year, GHMC issued similar notices to pull down hoardings and unipoles, after huge advertising poles crashed in Jubilee Hills due to high velocity winds damaging three new cars. The ban was lifted almost three months later in August.

Meanwhile, according to Deccan Chronicle, even though the GHMC has ordered all the hoarding-owners to submit a structural stability certificate, many are yet to provide this important document.


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