Hyderabad: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation’s (GHMC) move to crack the whip on unauthorised hoardings across its limits has now forced advertisement agencies to clear such hoardings voluntarily for the fear of losing the dismantled steel.
GHMC had identified 333 unauthorised hoardings across the city and launched a special drive to clear the structures on January 22. Till date, 137 hoardings were removed across the five zones. The municipal corporation had roped in a private agency to take up the demolition, with the contract being that the agency would have to pay Rs 12.65 per kg to the GHMC for dismantled steel.
Of the 137 hoardings cleared till date, 55 were cleared by the municipal corporation and the rest by the agency. Depending on the area and size, each hoarding is installed using nearly 500 kg of steel.
Even as the GHMC and the agency were going ahead, many agencies have now started demolishing unauthorised hoardings voluntarily fearing the loss of metal, said a senior official from GHMC.
“At many places even before the officials and the agency workers arrive, unauthorised hoardings are being cleared by the agencies on their own,” he said, adding that the drive would not be confined to the 333 hoardings identified initially. As and when new unauthorized hoardings are identified, they will be cleared as per the procedure, he said.
There are over 2,600 authorised hoardings in GHMC limits and the municipal corporation earns about Rs 29 crore annually. Permissions for new hoardings are not being approved since last few years after some hoardings collapsed in a few areas.
Besides loss of revenue for the civic body, these hoardings are put in places that are not approved by experts. Assistant Engineers have been ordered to lodge complaints in local police stations, in case any agency or individual hindered demolition.