South civic body gets cracking on hoardings
The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has decided to get strict on installation of billboards atop buildings keeping in mind the fact they could be weakening the structures below.Updated: Sep 01, 2012 00:05 IST
The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has decided to get strict on installation of billboards atop buildings keeping in mind the fact they could be weakening the structures below.
Hoardings will now be installed only after the structural safety of the building has been checked.
All owners will now have to apply for a structural safety certificate from a qualified structural engineer and submit it to the corporation for permission to put up hoardings.
Permission will be granted if the structure is strong and does not obstruct traffic.
Hundreds of hoardings have come up on buildings across Delhi. These exert tremendous pressure on the structures, especially on windy days, leading to a danger of collapsing.
The corporation’s rules already say that structural safety is necessary for the installation of hoardings but very few follow the rules.
“Some people take permission to put up say a 200 square feet hoarding but instead put up 400 square feet one. Then, people flout building safety rules to make quick bucks and put the lives of people staying there at risk,” said a source.
The Remunerative Project Cell of the corporation has now ordered the strict implementation of rules and asked for an action taken report on the existing hoardings under its jurisdiction.
“Initially, it may hamper the corporation’s revenue but it will be beneficial as the hoardings will be streamlined,” said Ashish Sood, chairman of the cell.