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‘Form nodal agency to act against offenders’

Disturbed by the civic body’s ineptitude in cracking the whip against illegal hoardings and banners in the city, a public interest litigation filed by a city-based NGO has suggested that a nodal agency should be constituted to take action against offenders.

mumbai Updated: Apr 22, 2011 01:39 IST
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Disturbed by the civic body’s ineptitude in cracking the whip against illegal hoardings and banners in the city, a public interest litigation filed by a city-based NGO has suggested that a nodal agency should be constituted to take action against offenders.

Additional affidavit filed by Bhagvaniji Rayani, convenor of the city-based NGO Janhit Manch, suggests that a nodal agency comprising officers from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), police and the traffic departments should be set up to act against those who are found violating norms.

Janhit Manch had filed the public interest litigation (PIL) in March 2010 seeking action against those who violate rules and regulations while putting up hoardings and banners, especially political parties and their workers. It had even sought prosecution of party leaders whose hoardings and banners are put up in violation of the rules.

The affidavit filed on Thursday states: “A nodal agency should be constituted to look into the matter. The agency should be given the power to remove illegal banners and hoardings and take action against errant officials.”

Besides, the concessional rates given to the politicians should be removed, suggests the affidavit.

“A private person is required to pay Rs198 for putting up a hoarding for 10 days while a politician has to only pay Rs55. This concession is grossly misused. A politician rarely takes permission to put up a hoarding,” added the affidavit.

During the last hearing, the high court had suggested that the corporation should consider increasing the charges for putting up hoardings and banners.

The court had also asked the commissioner of police to monitor and launch prosecution in accordance with law upon receiving information of hoardings/posters from BMC or any citizen.

According to an affidavit filed by BMC earlier, the corporation had granted permission to 918 banners and 241 boards to political parties last year. However, the civic body had removed 1,24,408 banners and hoardings put up illegally across the city.

A division bench of chief justice Mohit Shah and justice DG Karnik has kept the matter for hearing in June.