Ban hoardings at junctions across city: Police to Mumbai civic body
Are large advertisement hoardings taking your eyes off the road? The Mumbai traffic police department thinks so. It has written to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), asking it to cancel permissions of hoardings within a 25-metre radius of every junction across the city. The traffic police’s letter said the hoardings block traffic signs and signals, and could be a safety hazard for motorists.
The BMC is yet to make a final decision. “We have received the letter and asked all wards to conduct a survey and submit a report in 15 days. We will then decide if we need to cancel permits,” said Sharad Bande, superintendent of BMC’s licence department.
The traffic police department conducted a survey across Mumbai in March, and found 97 hoardings at major junctions like Peddar Road, Haji Ali, RTI junction in Charni Road, Carmichael road in Tardeo, Worli, Vakola and Kalina. “After the survey, we sent notices to all 97 hoarding owners, and arranged for meetings to find out their opinion,” said Amitesh Kumar, joint commissioner of police (traffic). “We have sent a letter to the BMC asking them to cancel permissions of 34 of the hoardings first,” Kumar said.
The traffic department has asked police chowkis across the city to conduct another survey to find out if there are blockages to signs and signals on the roads. Traffic and transport experts welcomed the move and said it will help prevent road accidents.
“Hoardings divert the attention of a driver. Many hoardings blocking signals also create chaos,” said Ashutosh Atre, a transport expert. Another urban transport expert, Dhawal Ashar, said the traffic department should survey all intersections for similar issues.