Sunday, November 23, 2014

CRRI Report quashed by HC : Civic body pulls down 15 unipoles along expressway

Hindustan Times, Gurgaon Edition 23 November 2014
Complying with the high court's orders to remove all advertisements along the expressway within 24 hours, the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) dismantled 15 unipoles.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court ordered the removal of advertisements along the e-way in 24 hours.Officials have also disconnected the LED advertisement atop a DLF cybercity building.

There were 13 unipoles displaying advertisements along the highway that had been allotted on tender and two more with special permission near Ambience mall, they have all been removed. The HC has asked the department to submit a compliance report by next Friday.

According to a report submitted in court by a road safety expert, 77 sites in the city have been approved for advertisements.The court on Friday also quashed a report by the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) and asked the MCG to follow the instructions in the report submitted by the court-appointed road safety expert Navdeep Asija.

"We have been told to remove advertisements along the expressway and we are implementing the same. All advertisements will be removed by Saturday evening," said Vikas Yadav, MCG commissioner, Gurgaon.

According to officials, the department earns revenue of ` 1.5-2 lakh per month from each unipole. The total revenue from advertisements is approximately ` 1.2 crore per month.

"The MCG officials identified 200 locations for Unipoles and hoardings for the inspection. Out of these, 77 locations were found to be safe. These have been finalised for outdoor advertisement plan after audit and inspection in phase -1," said Asija, road safety and sustainable transport consultant.

The report further states that six unipoles are installed within 500m of IFFCO Chowk flyover and need to be removed. Of the 15 unipoles that have been dismantled, five were displaying advertisements near Iffco Chowk.

"The MCG placed a list of 125 locations including more than 30 on the national highway, which falls on existing black spots. It is requested that MCG may review its document," added the report.
The CRRI report that was sought by the MCG to review the observations of the court appointed expert had approved all 125 locations proposed by the MCG for advertisements.

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