New hoarding policy drafted for Mumbai, focused on structural stability & light pollution

New hoarding policy drafted for Mumbai, focused on structural stability & light pollution

The policy will be available for public feedback from July 5.

In response to the catastrophic Ghatkopar hoarding collapse last month that claimed lives and injured several, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has formulated a new draft policy for hoardings. This is the first update to the city’s hoarding regulations since 2008.

The policy, set to be extended for public suggestions and objections starting July 5, emphasises structural stability and environmental concerns, particularly light pollution from digital hoardings.

Key highlights of the new draft policy

The key features of the new policy are as follows-

  1. Structural Safety Measures:

    • New hoardings must use perforated sheets to reduce wind pressure during cyclones.

    • Bolted connections with locking nuts are recommended for safety.

    • Existing hoardings need to comply with the new rules within two years.

  2. Lifespan and Audits:

    • Maximum allowable life for a hoarding is 50 years from the date of approval.

    • Structural audit reports must be submitted to the BMC every two years for existing hoardings.

  3. Design and Inspection:

    • Structures should have a non-reflective finish to prevent glare.

    • Climbing arrangements should be made for regular inspections.

    • Cladding of entire structures is not allowed to facilitate inspections.

  4. Certification and Consultancy:

    • Certificates from various consultants (geotechnical, structural, electrical) are mandatory.

    • In the absence of consultants, certificates from institutions like VJTI or IIT must be obtained.

  5. Environmental Considerations:

    • Generators using polluting fuels (kerosene, diesel) are prohibited for illuminating hoardings.

    • Digital hoardings must be switched off at 11 PM to address light pollution concerns.

  6. Building Stability:

    • Hoardings are not allowed on dilapidated buildings classified as C1 and C2A categories by the BMC.

    • Buildings older than 30 years require a structural audit report before erecting hoardings.

No new hoarding permits until guidelines are framed

The BMC has also formed a committee comprising experts from IIT-B, environment specialists, and law enforcement officials to develop comprehensive guidelines for outdoor advertising in Mumbai. Until these guidelines are framed, no new permits for digital hoardings will be granted. These efforts aim to strike a balance between outdoor advertising, safety, and environmental considerations in Mumbai.

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