Taking on the civic administration for the delay in implementing the outdoor advertising policy to regulate billboards,banners and hoardings,Congress corporator Avinash Bagwe alleged that the civic officers were purposely not taking action against illegal hoardings defacing buildings and roads. With the corporator in no mood to relent,municipal commissioner Mahesh Pathak has assured a meeting on the issue on Saturday.
Bagwe said the policy had come into force on April 1 last year. It was framed to rid the city of unruly hoardings. As per the policy,hoardings cannot be installed at junctions and places where they can cause inconvenience to drivers. The size of the hoardings should be limited and they should be placed in such a way that it does not cut across the road and remains parallel to the road passage.
The civic administration has admitted that it has only permission for 350 hoardings but the number of hoardings have gone up to 4,500. There are a large number of illegal hoardings and the administration has been ignoring them, Bagwe said.
He said the administration now says there is a court stay on taking action against the hoardings. However,the court directive is only applicable to 150 hoardings. The administration is using it as an excuse and has only now started some selective action,he said.
Pathak reshuffles department heads
Municipal Commissioner Mahesh Pathak on Friday carried out a reshuffle of the heads of various civic departments.
Additional City Engineer Vivek Kharwadkar has been given the charge of road department in addition to the building permission and implementation of development plan and BOT cell. Additional city engineer Pramod Nirbhavane,who headed the road department earlier,has been given the responsiblity of water and sewage department.
Deputy municipal commissioner K C Karkar has been given the additional charge of the culture department and will also be in charge of implementing the hawkers policy. Executive engineer Srinivas Kandul will shoulder the responsibility of electric works at various water and STP projects.