Despite court order,no check on illegal hoardings in city

The Bombay High Court had come down heavily on local civic bodies for illegal hoardings,especially those that are political,and had set deadline to pull them down

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published: August 27, 2013 4:33 am

The Bombay High Court had come down heavily on local civic bodies for illegal hoardings,especially those that are political,and had set deadline to pull them down.

However,four months after the order,PMC has failed to keep the city free of illegal advertisements. With Janmashtami approaching,political leaders have put up boards across the city without any permission from the civic body.

“PMC’s sky sign department has not received any application seeking permission for hoardings,” said D G More,Deputy Municipal Commissioner.

“It is the responsibility of the civic staff posted at ward offices to keep a check on this and initiate action. All advertisements come to the sky sign department through the ward offices,but no application has been received so far. Hence,they are all illegal,” More said.

He said his department would inform senior civic officers about the situation.

Another civic officer said the civic administration’s failure to stop the mushrooming of such hoardings is because of the religious sentiments attached.

“Janmashtami advertisements are put up by political leaders to reach the masses. Any action taken may create a law and order problem,” he said.

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