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CM?s face off the walls

THE ENFORCEMENT team of the Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) went overboard late Saturday evening, tearing cutouts, uprooting hoardings and confiscating illegal kiosks after they got a call from the Chief Minister?s Office on the issue.

india Updated: Nov 19, 2006 00:26 IST

THE ENFORCEMENT team of the Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) went overboard late Saturday evening, tearing cutouts, uprooting hoardings and confiscating illegal kiosks after they got a call from the Chief Minister’s Office on the issue.

The caller from the CM’s office, according to LMC sources, conveyed that Yadav was reportedly annoyed with these political wannabes, who had put up their own photographs alongside his on the hoardings and cutouts that dotted the city’s main thoroughfares. “We were unsure initially about the genuineness of the caller’s claim. To make sure that it was not a prank being played out on us, we sent one of our official to 5 Kalidas Marg (CM’s official residence) to crosscheck the message,” said an LMC official.  Once the orders were confirmed, the LMC launched an extensive crackdown against these unauthorised billboards and cutouts at around 5 pm. The drive, which commenced from the main crossing of Hazratganj, continued till late in the evening during which the LMC squads removed over five-dozen hoardings, cutouts and kiosks.

From Hazratganj, the LMC team moved on the Park Road, Kalidas Marg, Mall Avenue, the road in front of Loreto Convent School and the entire VVIP route till the Amausi Airport. “We were told that irrespective of which political parties they belonged to all the hoardings, cutouts barring those put up by the Information Department were to be removed,” said an LMC official.

At the end of the operation, the enforcement teams, according to him, had removed 20 hoardings, 40 kiosks and eight cutouts from these routes.