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Poster child of negligence

Billboard collapse reflects a chronic failure of civic authorities

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Rescue and relief work underway near the site of the hoarding collapse at Ghatkopar, in Mumbai, Tuesday, May 14, 2024. At least 14 persons were killed and 76 others injured on Monday night when a 100-foot tall illegal billboard fell (Photo:PTI)

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The collapse of a billboard in Mumbai, killing 14 people and injuring 75, presents yet another reminder of the seam of negligence that runs through civic authorities in India’s cities. As investigations are rapidly revealing, there was almost nothing that can be described as above board about this saga. The so-called entrepreneur who won the contracts for putting up hoardings and banners from both the Indian Railways and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has been known for allegedly violating rules, including poisoning and cutting trees to accommodate hoardings.  The collapse of the hoarding at the fuel station in Ghatkopar offers

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First Published: May 15 2024 | 10:00 PM IST

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