Exclusive: Pillars of Mumbai hoarding that collapsed were only 4-5 foot deep

exclusive: pillars of mumbai hoarding that collapsed were only 4-5 foot deep

Exclusive: Pillars of Mumbai hoarding that collapsed were only 4-5 foot deep

Did a poor and weak foundation led to the hoarding collapse in Mumbai? Earlier this week, a giant hoarding collapsed in city's Ghatkopar area during a massive dust storm, killing at least 16 people and injuring 74 others.

India Today took stock of the situation and found all the pillars of the giant hoarding uprooted from the foundation. Its foundation pillars were not even 4 to 5 foot deep. Experts and officials believe that this incident was bound to happen due to its weak foundation.

Officials said that the weak and poor foundation of the hoarding's pillar caused it to fall.

This incident raised safety concerns as the hoarding measured about 17,040 square feet was mentioned in the Limca Book of Records as the largest hoarding.

After the incident, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had issued a statement, saying that the billboard that collapsed was constructed without their permission.

"No permission/NOC of BMC was/is taken by agency/railways before the erection of the hoardings," the BMC statement read.

The civic body also mentioned that it allows a holding size of a maximum 40 x 40 square feet. However, the hoarding which collapsed was of size 120 x 120 square feet.

With over 15 deaths and more people trapped inside, the search and rescue operation that has been going on for the last more than 48 hours is still underway.

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