GHMC plans to pull down hoardings

GHMC plans to pull down hoardings
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The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation is contemplating to temporarily pull down the city hoardings, as India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted gales with a speed reaching up to 120 to 150 km per hour during April-May and November-December annually. 

Hyderabad: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation is contemplating to temporarily pull down the city hoardings, as India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted gales with a speed reaching up to 120 to 150 km per hour during April-May and November-December annually.

GHMC Commissioner B Janardhan Reddy said that the civic body would soon hold a meeting with the departments, Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister to finalise the decision.

The GHMC Commissioner said that though the hoardings were erected in accordance with the specifications prescribed by the structural engineers, the civic body would pull down all city hoardings to minimise life and property loss.

He said several bill boards and flexies were damaged recently due to gales with a speed reaching up to 150 kmph. This has been happening only during the months of April-May and November-December, prior and post monsoon.

The GHMC commissioner said that this move will help the civic body recognise the unauthorised hoardings. He said that the ground level staff will present during pulling down the hoardings and they will verify them with data present with the corporation.

He also said the prime aim to the decision is only to minimise the risk to the public. The GHMC commissioner further said that the civic body will also deploy emergency teams to clear solid waste including plastic bags, electronic waste and others. He said that the teams would clean the waste which restricts the free flow of water into the storm water drains.

He also said that the teams will also clear all water chocking points near manholes without opening them. GHMC commissioner appealed all the citizens not to throw plastic waste and other waster materials on the roads as the water is being obstructed due to which the water is unable to flow at the man hole points.

He also appealed the owners of the shop keepers to inform about the water stagnation points which are in front of their shops to the concerned assistant engineers (AEs) or the emergency teams so that the teams immediately tackle such emergency situations.

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