In order to check the menace of illegal hoardings in the city, due to inaction of local municipal council (MC), deputy commissioner Daljit Singh Mangat has asked the local body to mark the sites for the purpose, and to invite bids from the advertisers to generate revenue.
It is pertinent to mention here that the MC was citing the shortage of funds for the incomplete projects whenever contacted.
On the other hand the city has been flooded with illegal hoardings put by different organisations. The DC while talking to HT said, "Due to lack of proper policy, advertisers keep putting hoardings at their will and MC authorities fail to take permanent action against the defaulters.
On complaints, they used to put down the hoardings but failed to argue when the owners approached them. Moreover, it was also leading to favouritism."
"After surveying the city, I have asked the executive officer (EO) to define the sites for putting hoardings and display it for public convenience. Then the MC will ask for bids for these sites to generate maximum revenue for the local bodies," DC added.
"For those putting the hoardings without permission, the MC has been asked to collect the fine by challaning them," he further added.
DC also instructed the MC authorities to put their clerical staff on duty to collect fines of Teh-Bazari, especially on roads with heavy traffics.
"During previous two days, fine to the tune of nearly Rs 25,000 has been collected by the teams constituted for this purpose. With these efforts, MC will not generate revenues but also help ensure aesthetic look of the city," Mangat said.
EO Kapurthala MC Sandeep Tiwari said, "We are going to earmark the sites by taking different issues into consideration and will submit the same for approval to the DC before releasing it to the public."
Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, ten months back, had also fixed the responsibility to remove "illegal" hoardings with immediate effects on deputy commissioners and he has directed SSPs to register FIRs against the defaulters whosoever deface the public properties in violation of the Punjab Prevention of Defacement of Property Act, 1997.
The areas flooded with illegal hoardings include Mall Road (from Court Chowk to Jagatjit Club), Amritsar Road (Near Shalimar Bagh), Amrit Bazar (City police station to Kotu Chowk), Sultanpur Lodhi Road, Circular Road and Jalandhar Road.
The law says
According to the Punjab Prevention of Defacement of Property Act, 1997, nobody could deface any public or private property by pasting posters, writing on the walls, wall paintings or putting up banners without the prior written permission from the owner of the property concerned. Besides, advertisements could only be displayed in the city after paying fee to the civic body concerned.