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A few days after the then Municipal Commissioner Bhawna Garg told the Department of Culture Affairs to remove illegal hoardings put up on the main road during the art and heritage festival, the Chandigarh Administration put out a notification with amendments that now allow such hoardings to stay.
In the notification, Chief Administrator Sarvjit Singh, also the Finance Secretary of the Union Territory administration, said, “In exercise of the powers of section 12 of capital of Punjab (Development and regulation act) 1952, the Chief Administrator, UT Chandigarh hereby makes the following order to amend Chandigarh Advertisement Control Order 1954. The order may be called Chandigarh Advertisement Control Amendment Order 2015, in the CAC order for class 9, following shall be substituted.”
The amended clause 9 says: Restrictions regarding Municipal and State Property except as provided in the order and in case of own use by Chandigarh administration, no person shall erect, exhibit, fix, paste, paint, display an advertisement or sky signs on any property vesting in the chief administration including bridges water tanks, electric, telephone telegraphy post.
“In case of own use by any department of Chandigarh administration for wider publicity of any programme involving public interest that will be allowed with prior written permission of Chief Administrator,” the orders said.
The then commissioner, in her communiqué to the Department of Cultural Affairs had stated that, “As per clause 9 of the Chandigarh Advertisement Control Order, permission to display an advertisement on electric, telephone or telegraphy post couldn’t be granted. Moreover, as per point 11 of schedule of advertisement fee of CACO, permission to display the advertisement cannot be permitted on the main roads such as V1, V2 and V3.”
On Monday, the entire city was flooded with hoardings and banners of the Nek Chand festival at Rock Garden. The display boards were put up on electric poles of the main roads on Madhya Marg and Dakshin Marg.