Noida authority wakes up after storm; hoardings to be pulled down

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Noida
  • Updated: May 22, 2015 15:42 IST

The Noida authority failed to clear debris of billboards or unipoles and uprooted trees from roads, even on Thursday, two days after strong winds hit the city.

The after effects of a massive storm that hit NCR on Tuesday are causing hindrance to traffic movement and inconvenience to pedestrians. Motorists complained that the damaged unipoles and electricity poles yet to be cleared from roads could cause fatal accidents.

According to the Noida authority, following the negligence of builders who installed unipoles along roads for advertising purposes, a new policy was being drafted to ensure safety of pedestrians and to ensure smooth traffic. Under this new policy, the authority would do away with all political banners and posters, which were installed along main roads, because it troubled commuters. Besides, new unipoles would not be installed on main roads.

“There are around 200 unipoles and hoardings along the city’s main roads. New unipole and hoarding locations will be auctioned through new policy. Tough action will be taken against display vans for creating traffic mess on roads without taking permission from the authority,” said a senior official of the Noida authority.

On Tuesday, a biker Sandeep Sharma died after a unipole fell on him during strong winds. The family members of the victim have filed an FIR against the developer at Bisrakh police station in Greater Noida. The victim’s uncle said the unipole was installed without following any norms but the developer ignored all the facts.

“In order to attract more visitors, developers install unipoles along main roads but never look after the maintenance of these unipoles. We are surveying all unipoles installed illegally and it will be cleared from road sides,” added an official.

However, the Greater Noida authority has already kicked off action against unauthorised unipoles in Greater Noida west area where more than 80 sites of developers are under construction. On first day of the drive, 24 unipoles were uprooted and challans were issued to advertisers.

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