Billboard cutting


Ok, so the city government does not want any large billboards perched high. Makes sense.

Can someone take a look at the pic and remind me why fuel stations are no smoking zones?

Edit: This is a picture of a billboard’s back sheets being cut off by acetylene flame welders, on top of a PSO fuel station located near Submarine-less Roundabout.

Many thanks Arsalaan for pointing out the lack of clarity in the image.

14 Comments so far

  1. Sameer (unregistered) on July 17th, 2007 @ 3:17 pm

    Billboards` free run to end

    Shuchi Bansal / New Delhi July 17, 2007

    ADVERTISING: Outdoor in Delhi could finally take off with the soon-to-be-announced regulatory code.

    A new advertising code for the outdoor media in Delhi is on the cards. The advertising code, to be out by the end of the month, is being drafted by a two-member committee appointed by the Supreme Court of India.

    Sunita Narain, director at the Centre for Science and Environment, and Bhure Lal, a former bureaucrat who’s been responsible for the introduction of several environmental standards in the country, are the members of the committee that is putting together the outdoor media policy for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi.

    The committee’s mandate is to formulate a draft code that takes into account traffic safety as well as the aesthetics of the city. Among the issues that the committee is looking at is whether or not private buildings should be allowed to display hoardings.

    The policy is expected to spell out the size as well as the sites (traffic lights, fast lanes etc) of the hoardings. The policy is also likely to include the percentage of the revenue that outdoor media owners will have to share with the local government bodies that auction the sites for advertising purposes.

    CSE’s Sunita Narain refused to share the details of the code being finalised for the city. “We have received comments from the Delhi Transport Corporation, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and the Delhi Traffic Police among other stake holders. We are waiting for the Delhi Urban Arts Commission’s views before we can present our recommendations,” she said.

    In view of the booming Rs 1,200 crore outdoor industry, clarity on rules governing the media is extremely critical. New out-of-home media options such as public utilities, street furniture (bus shelters), and transit media (metro rail, autos, radio taxis) are now available.

    However, since the Supreme Court had banned hoardings in Delhi in 1997, the city’s outdoor spends (Rs 250 crore) are way behind Mumbai’s at Rs 800 crore.

    The Supreme Court appointed the two-member committee on outdoor when the Delhi Outdoor Media Association approached the court against a High Court ruling that ordered the removal of all unipoles (small billboards on lightening poles) auctioned by the MCD.

    Ritesh Vasudeva, promoter of Hindustan Publicity which owns 50 major sites in Delhi, said that the MCD and the outdoor association had sought legal help and their lawyer had argued that the Supreme Court order had been misinterpreted. “We said that the court had not put a blanket ban on hoardings. It had objected to the hoardings that were a traffic hazard,” he said.

    The court accepted the argument and said that the MCD did not have any regulations for the outdoor media and that it needed to have detailed guidelines for the sector.

    Eventually the two member committee comprising Bhure Lal and Narain was set up. The recommendations of the committee are eagerly awaited as the code is likely to set a precedent for other cities as well.

  2. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on July 17th, 2007 @ 4:11 pm

    Imtiaz, the pic is not very clear….can you explain what is it?

  3. Lunatik (unregistered) on July 17th, 2007 @ 5:16 pm
  4. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on July 17th, 2007 @ 5:43 pm

    @Arsalan the FAR SHOT foto is of a welding technician on top of PSO board on PSO pump at Submarine-less chowrangi. The photo is snapped from Ground.

    The guy is using his acetylene torch to disassemble the hoarding, – right on TOP of a NO Smoking Zone PSO Fuel / CNG station, owned by Qaim Ali Shah & family.

  5. br0ke (unregistered) on July 17th, 2007 @ 7:38 pm

    petrol or cng doesn get ignited with a cigarette…. i smoke all the time while getting petrol(i don recommend it though)…. even if u throw a glowing cigarette in petrol it wont ignite it…..

  6. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on July 17th, 2007 @ 9:24 pm

    You are most welcome, Imtiaz

  7. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on July 17th, 2007 @ 10:57 pm

    I agree with Broke eventhough I should nt smoke.
    Cigerettes are bad for your health.Though I only smoke three or four a day specially after Dinner but still.
    I am considering “Hipnatism” treatment to quit smoking.

  8. Raja Islam (unregistered) on July 17th, 2007 @ 11:20 pm

    This is bit clearer Arsalaan but took 2 months ago :)

  9. faisal siddiqui (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 3:55 am

    “petrol or cng doesn get ignited with a cigarette…. ”

    it wouldnt be too hard to ignite petrol or cng with a cigarrete. so please stop smoking at gas stations. U might hurt urself and others.

    There are cases of static from ur clothes causing fires at the pumps and u r saying that cigarette wouldnt be too big of a danger. i know u said that u dont recommend smoking a cigarette at a gas station but please refrain from doing it urself too.

  10. Athar (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 5:07 am

    Things have changed in Karachi since…

  11. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 7:55 am


  12. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 3:09 pm

    Smoking at Gas / Fuel stations, not a catch 22 neither a medal award for such situation, You are at risk while others are at greater risk for being punished for what they are not doing.

    Sad & bad

  13. HASSAN' (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 1:04 am

    very well said.

  14. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 2:05 am

    Definately and absolutely I would not smoke cigerette while pumping gas (common sense)

    But the concept about welding work arround gas station can cause fire is debatable.
    Same goes with static from cell phones and car ignitions.
    Unextinguished cigerettes have caused burning of thousands of acres of land in california mountains
    we call them “arsons”
    One of the many hazards of smoking cigerettes.

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