60 Out Of 62 Hoardings In Mumbai Lack Govt Approval, Reveals Maharashtra Housing Body Survey – News18

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Over the past two months, MHADA has issued notices to owners of unauthorised hoardings, demanding their immediate removal/ (PTI photo)

Over the past two months, MHADA has issued notices to owners of unauthorised hoardings, demanding their immediate removal/ (PTI photo)

The survey was conducted by the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA)

A survey conducted by the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) has revealed that 60 out of 62 hoardings installed in Mumbai lack the required ‘no objection certificate’ (NOC) from the state-run body.

In a statement released on Friday, MHADA disclosed that the survey was carried out following directives from Chief Minister Eknath Shinde. The move comes after the collapse of a hoarding in Ghatkopar on May 13, which resulted in 17 deaths and over 70 injuries.

Over the past two months, MHADA has issued notices to owners of unauthorised hoardings, demanding their immediate removal. The agency also warned that non-compliance would lead to the enforced dismantling of these structures with the help from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

MHADA’s statement highlighted that while these hoardings had been installed with BMC’s approval, they lacked MHADA’s NOC, necessitating swift corrective measures.

“The BMC has issued show cause notices to advertisers, requiring them to submit MHADA’s NOC within a specified period. Failure to comply will result in the revocation of advertising permits and legal action under the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act 1888,” the release said.

Additionally, MHADA and BMC have jointly removed a 40 feet by 40 feet hoarding erected at Shubh Jeevan Cooperative Housing Society in Juhu without MHADA’s approval.

“We are committed to ensuring compliance with regulatory standards and protecting public spaces from unauthorized structures. This operation underscores our dedication to public safety. The safety of our citizens is paramount,” said Sanjeev Jaiswal, vice president and chief executive officer of MHADA.

(With inputs from PTI)