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Civic body launches crackdown on illegal hoardings in city

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, April 18, 2013
First Published: 01:42 IST(18/4/2013) | Last Updated: 01:43 IST(18/4/2013)

The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) has launched a massive crackdown against illegal advertisements, encroachments and unauthorised constructions.

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MCG Commissioner Ashok Sangwan held a meeting with officials of the enforcement wing and asked joint commissioner Veena Hooda to remove all illegal advertisements along the roads at the earliest.

Sangwan said he is not satisfied with the way the enforcement wing has been dealing with illegal advertisements in the past six months despite the order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Joint commissioner Anju Chaudhary had been in charge of the enforcement wing till now.   

“I have asked the officials to ensure not a single advertisement that is not following the norms is left on road,” said Sangwan.

Hooda has expedited the procedure with immediate effect.

“I have sought details of advertisements such as unipoles, wall rap, banners etc. I have held a meeting with the senior town planner (STP), BK Saini, and other officials and have written to the police for help to carry out the drive,” said Hooda.

On February 14, the high court took note of all hoardings, including unipoles and wall rap, saying such advertisements cause hindrance to the commuters.

“Corporation’s enforcement wing has never shown seriousness in removing them,” said JS Walia, an RTI activist who has given a list of illegal advertisements to the commissioner.

As per norms, each billboard must be 30x15 inch on a 15-foot pole and at least three meters away from the road. They should not be close to curve or near traffic signals. The advertisements should not be reflective and they must not have electricity back-up.

The enforcement department officials have also been asked to remove 450 unauthorised constructions the corporation has identified.

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