The GHMC has directed all the owners/agencies of the 2,684 hoardings under its limits to submit their structural designs along with their structural stability certificates within a week.

Following the collapse of three hoardings in Wednesday’s rain and after holding a meeting with engineer-in-chief R. Dhan Singh and the advertisements wing on Thursday, GHMC Commissioner M.T. Krishna Babu said the details submitted by the hoarding agencies would be further cross-checked by independent agencies like JNTU and Osmania University.

Deputy Commissioners concerned have been asked to issue notices to Prakash Arts after two of its hoardings crashed at the Nizam College grounds and Venkateswara Advertisement after its hoarding crashed in Himayatnagar on why action should not be initiated against them by blacklisting them.

Criminal cases

Similar notices are also to be issued to Becon Consultancy and Builders & Planners on why criminal cases should not be booked against them for issuing false stability certificates to the above hoardings. Mr. Dhan Singh was instructed to get the structural designs and stability of the three collapsed hoardings studied within five days.

The Commissioner further stated that the civic body was not allowing shifting of hoardings removed on the three metro rail routes and if there have been such instances, the hoardings will be considered as illegal and unauthorised, hence can be removed. Pending court cases of the advertisement wing would be expedited, he promised.

GHMC in overdrive following collapse of 3 hoardings in Wednesday’s rain