Cong writes to CM on civic panel’s decision to change hoarding policy

The civic standing committee had on Monday unanimously decided to favour hoarding contractors without waiting for the state govt’s approval. The govt is yet to announce the hoarding policy but the panel decided to go ahead with the changes.

Written by Express News Service | Published: October 17, 2012 4:14 am

The civic standing committee had on Monday

unanimously decided to favour hoarding contractors without waiting for the state govt’s approval. The govt is yet to announce the hoarding policy but the panel decided to go ahead with the changes

Maharashtra state Congress Committee secretary Sanjay Balgude has written to Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan against the civic standing committee’s decision to make major changes in the hoarding policy,saying such a decision would affect PMC funds and it was also against the policy.

The civic panel had on Monday unanimously decided to favour hoarding contractors without waiting for the state government’s approval.

The government is yet to announce the hoarding policy but the civic panel decided to go ahead with the changes.

The standing committee on Monday reduced the rates to Rs 41.30 per sq ft while the original policy approved in the general body had put the rates through tenders at Rs 222 per sq ft.

The original policy also recommended five times fine for all illegal hoardings but the panel decided that only those who did not take permission should be fined and not those on display.

The standing committee has resolved to form a committee under Leader of the House Subhas Jagtap with other members being an auditor,an additional commissioner,sky sign department chief and two members of outdoor advertising association.

The resolution states that the members of this panel will look into pending dues from hoarding contractors and settle the legal matter,while the original policy had assigned this task to audit sub-committee.

While NCP corporator and standing committee chairman Baburao Chandere who was defending the policy did a volte face and said the changes will not benefit PMC. He said with NCP having no majority on its own,they are depending on other members.

He said the panel has decided to go ahead with the changes as the state government is sitting on the policy since 2010 and it’s upto the civic body to take some decision.

It was former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar who was keen to push the hoarding policy and had said the policy would benefit the PMC.

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