The magisterial inquiry being conducted into May 5 unipole crash incident has not yielded any results so far and could be concluded soon. Four commuters were injured and three vehicles damaged due to the collapse of a heavy unipole on GT Road near river Hindon.
Following the incident, Vimal Kumar Sharma, Ghaziabad district magistrate, had initiated a magisterial inquiry which is ongoing, even after a month. The inquiry officer said that the firm responsible for erecting the unipole has not responded so far.
“We sent the firm a notice on May 25, asking them to appear and get their statements recorded but no one has turned up. The agreement file, which stated that the firm was assigned to erect certain number of unipoles from Thakurdwara to Mohan Nagar road, was sent to us by the municipal corporation. Now, we will send the firm a second notice, asking them to appear,” Nitin Madaan, sub divisional magistrate and the inquiry officer, said.
He said that the injured persons had forwarded a police complaint to Sihani Gate police station but no FIR was lodged.
“We did not file an FIR as it was just an incident and no one was named in the complaint,” Manish Mishra, circle officer (city) had said earlier.
Since the May 5 incident, a unipole opposite the Sihani Gate police station crashed. A police jeep, which was carrying five personnel including the station house officer, was damaged. The policemen escaped unhurt. An autorickshaw in the vicinity was also damaged and its driver was also injured.
The unipoles and the advertising hoardings are set up by private firms, who are given contracts by the Ghaziabad municipal corporation to put up install a specified number of unipoles for advertising. However, the corporation, during a drive in the first week of May, identified 309 unipoles and advertising hoardings that have been set up illegally across the city.
Abdul Samad, the municipal commissioner, had said that he will serve recovery notices to the firms to the tune of `7.5 crore on account of illegal unipoles and advertising boards set up in violation of the agreement.
“Unipoles have crashed in Ghaziabad and Noida, injuring and killing commuters. The matter is of prime public importance and should be dealt with strictly. We will take up the issue in our petition at the high court,” Alok Kumar, Indirapuram resident who has filed a petition at the Allahabad high court, demanding removal of illegal hoardings and advertising boards, said.
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.