As many as 7,008 unlicensed political banners, boards and posters, many of which were put up after the death of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on November 17, were removed by the civic body in December last year.
According to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s norms, political hoardings cannot get a licence for more than five days. However, of the 67,428 hoardings removed by the BMC last year, 71% had been put up by political parties.
There is tremendous pressure during the drive against illegal banners, said a civic official on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
In September 2012, the civic body had also increased the processing fee for display of political hoardings, bringing it at par with the fee charged for commercial hoardings.
According to the procedure, any organisation that wants to display a banner or a poster has to submit an application to the licence inspector at the local ward office.
The application is then scrutinised by the officials concerned, after which licences are granted on paying a processing fee.
Sharad Bande, superintendent, licences, BMC, said, “Regular action is taken against the banners that are displayed without obtaining licences from ward officials.
If the organisation that has displayed the banner tries to stop us from taking action, we file a police complaint.” Mayor Sunil Prabhu said, “Political parties need to take steps to reduce the number of hoardings put up in the city. They need to self-regulate.”