Civic body pulls up socks, to recover Rs 3 crore advt fees

  • Hillary Victor, None, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Feb 05, 2015 17:20 IST

Swinging into action after close to a decade, the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (MC) is all set to recover advertisement fees worth `3 crore from nine advertising agencies.

In its report on February 2, HT had highlighted how in an apparent show of laxity and mismanagement, the civic body had failed to recover payments worth `3 crore from these agencies and even failed to issue them notices. In the past 10 years, not even a single notice was issued, even as contract of most of the companies got over in 2011 and 2014.

Speaking to HT, MC additional commissioner Sarita Malik said, “We are calculating the pending amount against each firm and will issue notices starting February 9. The firms will be given stipulated time to deposit the fees, failing which legal action will be initiated.”

The contracts pertain to several agreements of advertisements on public conveniences in Chandigarh, which Division Number 4 of Public Health had entered into with private companies in the past five to 10 years. All these agencies were given the contract on build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis for five years, which was also extended for two years.

It has also come to light that Taksh Media Private Limited evaded the advertisement fees to the tune of `25 lakh for its contract of advertisement at the Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT) in Sector 17.
The contract of advertisement at the ISBT had been given to the agency in September 2013. Surprisingly, MC did not issue even a single notice to the agency.

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