No end to illegal display of vehicles on MC land

  • Hillary Victor, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Mar 11, 2015 11:57 IST

Even though the Chandigarh municipal corporation (MC) had stopped giving permission for the display of stalls on its land in November last year, the illegal display of vehicles continues to haunt it.

In the past two months, the third such case had come to the fore on March 9.

Though the civic body claims that the complaints have been lodged to the police in two such cases, nothing seems be done to deter such violations.

On March 9, an event management agency, New Concept Media - the firm earlier on January 25 was accused of displaying vehicles in Sector 8 - again displayed two Mahindra two-wheelers at the Sector 52 petrol pump, without taking permission from the MC.

When contacted, company managing director Aman Sharma said, "Since the area does not come under the MC, the permission was sought from Indian Oil Company, which had charged `900 from us. Even after that, the MC staff took away the vehicles."

Superintendent, enforcement, Kashmira Singh, said, "As per the rules, no vehicle can be displayed anywhere in the city. We have already lodged a complaint with the police against New Concept Media, Indian Oil and an auto agency, and cases will be registered soon."

New Concept Media had earlier been accused of issuing fake receipts to permit display of Hyundai cars in Sector 8-C, Chandigarh. On February 4, the same firm was accused of giving permission to display Renault cars in Sector 46, Chandigarh.

MC additional commissioner Sarita Malik said, "We have lodged the complaints in all these cases, now it's up to the police to take action."

On March 4, another private event management company, Gloria World Vision, was also caught displaying cars in Sector 19D market on a fake permission slip. The MC staff had impounded two cars and imposed a fine of `5,000. According to the MC staff, permission was given by the market welfare association after charging `2,100 per day.

Pertinent that in November 2014, as many as 50 illegal hoardings of Art of Living Foundation's spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar were set up across the city by allegedly taking fake permission.

In February, an 8-member committee, comprising councillors and officials, was formed to finalise a policy on display stalls in the city. It will submit the report within two months.

Udaypal Singh, station house officer of Sector-17 police station said, "The vehicles were displayed in Sector 46 and 8, and these areas do not come under our jurisdiction. The concerned police stations have been informed about the issue."

Maninder Singh, SHO Sector 19 police station, said, "The civic body lodged complaints two days after these illegal vehicles were displayed in these sectors. These vehicles were released after imposing `2,500 fine on each one of them. As far as the registration of case is concerned, we are verifying the whole issue."

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