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May 25, 2024

CM Eknath Shinde Orders Crackdown on Illegal Hoardings in Mumbai, Maharashtra

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has directed authorities to remove all illegal hoardings in Mumbai and across the state. This move follows a tragic incident in the Ghatkopar area where a giant hoarding collapsed, resulting in significant loss of life. Shinde has also instructed officials to register cases against those responsible for these illegal structures to prevent future tragedies.

During a press briefing at the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) headquarters, Shinde discussed monsoon preparedness and emphasized the need for stringent actions against illegal hoardings. He highlighted that even legally installed hoardings would undergo a structural audit to ensure safety, stressing the importance of proactive measures to protect citizens.

Reflecting on the Ghatkopar hoarding collapse on May 13, which killed 17 people due to gusty winds and unseasonal rains, Shinde reaffirmed his commitment to removing all illegal and oversized hoardings in Mumbai. He stated that necessary instructions have been issued to prevent such incidents and ensure the safety of residents.

The chief minister also addressed the need for thorough cleaning of nullahs (drainage channels) to prevent waterlogging during the monsoon season. He emphasized that the silt removed from these nullahs should be disposed of properly, rather than being left on the banks. “Cleaning of nullahs is ongoing at a war footing,” Shinde stated, underscoring the urgency of these efforts.

In response to concerns about waterlogging due to projects executed by various agencies, Shinde warned that action would be taken against any agency found responsible for inadequate work. He reiterated the importance of coordination among all agencies to achieve the “zero casualty mission” during the monsoon season. “If all agencies work like a team, there won’t be any loss of lives,” he asserted, stre

ssing the need for collective effort to ensure public safety.

Shinde’s directives aim to enhance the overall preparedness for the upcoming monsoon season and mitigate the risks posed by illegal hoardings and inadequate drainage systems. The chief minister’s proactive approach underscores his commitment to safeguarding the lives of Maharashtra’s residents and preventing future tragedies.

Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri

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