Two men travelling in a car had a narrow escape on Monday when a road signage collapsed on their car on NH-24. This is the third such incident in Ghaziabad in the recent past .
The incident took place around 2.15 pm. Retired navy personnel Munish Kumar Sharma, a resident of Indirapuram, and his colleague were travelling on NH-24 from one of their sites at Crossings Republik towards Mahagunpuram.
“We had just passed a traffic signal when the signage came crashing down on our car. I immediately applied the brakes and the board landed on the car bonnet. The car was badly damaged in the front but both of us escaped unhurt,” Sharma said.
“Since we had just passed the traffic signal, our speed was less and hence a major accident was averted. Our staff and local residents arrived there and put in a lot of effort to remove the board from atop the car. I am filing a complaint with the police,” Sharma said.
Senior officials from Ghaziabad municipal corporation (GMC) said they will soon find out which department or private firm had put up the signage.
“We were busy during the day because of a scuffle between protesting residents of Shalimar Garden and employees of the municipal corporation at Mohan Nagar. We will find out if any private firm is involved in the installation of the signage. Strict action will be taken after an inquiry and the contract will be scrapped,” said DK Sinha, additional municipal commissioner.
The corporation has entered into several agreements with private firms and given them advertising rights in lieu of the maintenance of public facilities.
“It is confirmed that the signage was not put up by the Ghaziabad development authority,” said Ravindra Godbole, secretary, GDA.
On May 5, a unipole came crashing down on the GT Road near river Hindon and damaged three vehicles, besides injuring four persons. An inquiry ordered by district magistrate Vimal Kumar Sharma has not been able to fix the responsibility on the private firm which was given the contract by GMC.
In another incident a few days later, another unipole crashed on a police jeep near Sihani Gate police station and also injured an auto driver and damaged his vehicle.
“The signages and advertising boards have become nuisance for public. There are numerous instances of them causing damage to property. Since it is related to public interest, we will take up the issue in our petition at the Allahabad High Court,” said Alok Kumar, an Indirapuram resident, who had filed public interest litigation seeking to rid the city of all illegal signages and advertising boards.
On May 23, a 27-year-old man was killed when a road signage crashed in Sector 18 of Noida during a dust storm. Around nine days later, another person who was injured in the incident, succumbed to injuries at a private hospital.