In what can be called as sheer callousness on part of MC officials, no action has been taken against several illegal advertisement hoardings put up by a private telecom company near the MC office at Sector 17 plaza in Chandigarh.
Nominated councillor Surender Bahga said, “This is clear violation of Advertisement Control Order, 1954. The Act prohibits installation of commercial hoardings on the buildings of Sector 17; these are commercial hoardings, and don’t not bear names and designs of showroom owners, which clearly indicate all this is being done in connivance with MC officials.”
A few days ago, the UT administration, during a random drive against illegal hoardings put up outside showrooms, had removed several illegal hoardings put up in contravention with the prescribed dimensions of the permissible displays in Sector 9. To everyone’s surprise, no action was taken against these commercial advertisements in Sector 17.
These kinds of commercial hoardings can be seen in almost every market of the city, and the MC seems to be apathetic towards the matter. Insiders say such hoardings are not permitted under any Act in the UT, but owing to the nexus between MC officials and advertisers, the business of such the advertisers seems to be flourishing.
MC joint commissioner Varinder Chaudhary, when contacted, said, “Though I don’t have any information regarding such violations. However, if there is any violation of Advertisement Control Order, 1954, an action will be initiated.”