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THREE PEOPLE were injured and about 100 people had a narrow escape, when a giant rooftop hoarding in Banarasi Market road came crashing down in the storm on Friday. About 12 more hoardings in Hazratganj, Vivek Khand, HAL, Gomti Nagar crossing, Badshah Nagar, Alambagh, Charbagh were uprooted in the storm. A giant tent erected at the Balrampur Gardens for a big brand also fell flat. Traders of the Trans- Gomti Udyog Vyapar Mahasangh blocked the road, protesting against the lethargic attitude of the Lucknow Municipal Corporation about the dangerously hanging hoardings.

india Updated: May 20, 2006 00:09 IST

12 hoardings come crashing down
3 injured
100 escape mishap

THREE PEOPLE were injured and about 100 people had a narrow escape, when a giant rooftop hoarding in Banarasi Market road came crashing down in the storm on Friday.

About 12 more hoardings in Hazratganj, Vivek Khand, HAL, Gomti Nagar crossing, Badshah Nagar, Alambagh, Charbagh were uprooted in the storm. A giant tent erected at the Balrampur Gardens for a big brand also fell flat.

Traders of the Trans- Gomti Udyog Vyapar Mahasangh blocked the road, protesting against the lethargic attitude of the Lucknow Municipal Corporation about the dangerously hanging hoardings. Police used a mild force to disperse the traders, in which six traders were injured, including Munshi Pulia Vyapar Mandal president Afzal Hussain.

Senior trader leaders like Sandeep Bansal, Sanjay Gupta along with former MLA Gomti Yadav reached the spot to express their solidarity with the traders and started shouting slogans against LMC officials and district administration. Uttar Pradesh Udyog Vyapar Mandal district vice president Manoj Dinger, who has a shop in Sahara complex was witness to the whole incident said, “As the breeze picked up the rooftop hoarding started swinging like a pendulum. I raised an alarm. I rushed to the spot. Shopkeepers of the complex and those standing beneath it started running for shelter. Within ten minutes the hoarding plunged on a car and tempo with a bang. The car and the tempo were badly damaged.

Three people received minor injuries” As usual LMC officials passed their buck to the advertisement agency responsible for putting up the hoarding. The ad agency is not registered with the LMC.

Assistant municipal commissioner Shiv Pujan Yadav, “The building owner had produced the certificates of colonel SR Prasad ( an Architect certified by LMC) and engineer BG Bhatt to declare the hoarding safe. But, it seems the advertisement agency in agreement with the building owner had exceeded the limit permitted by the LMC. The hoarding size was 80 x 20 feet.

The LMC rule is for 40 x 20 feet.” Municipal Commissioner VP Singh directed the officials to lodge an FIR against the Advertising agency and building owner. He also directed the officials to remove all types of hoardings from Lohia Path, Faizabad road, University road, Hazratganj and MG Marg. On these roads only unipoles will be allowed. He also told the officials to fix the hoardings’ size at Ashok Marg, Vidhan Sabha Marg, Station road, VIP to 30 x13 feet; in the inner places of city the size would be limited to 20 x 10 feet. He has directed the officials to remove dangerous hoardings within a week. Or face action.

First Published: May 20, 2006 00:09 IST