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Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has come up with new guidelines for outdoor advertisements in the city following crashes involving some uni-poles a few months back.
As per the new instructions, the 40 sft X 25 sft wall mounted and ground hoarding would be allowed for advertisements after its structural safety is assessed by an inspection of structural engineers from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University - Hyderabad.
For 30 sft X 25 sft hoarding on roof tops on buildings not exceeding two floors, the permission would be given only after inspection and certification from the structural engineer under intimation to JNTU-H.
In case of uni-poles and hoardings beyond 30 sft X 25 sft on higher roof tops, design, certification and rectification should be taken before approval to display advertisements. 
The civic body said that agencies have to submit structural stability certificate from GHMC empanelled engineers and certification from JNTU or IIT for allowing display on uni-poles and hoarding of sizes beyond 30 sft X 25 sft and on higher roof tops (second floor).
These were the recommendations made by Prof  N V Ramana of Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University. The GHMC said that permission would be given tentatively to agencies to advertise, subject to an undertaking that in case of any mishap, the agency would be held responsible for consequences of civil and criminal liability in accordance with the law. 
The civic body said that all hoardings should be designed, certified and retrofitted in accordance with the codes of practice before March 31, 2017.

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