Despite the provision of issuing challan of Rs 50,000 to a person for installing unauthorised advertisements, the municipal corporation (MC) is yet to ensure implementation of these directions. MC has turned a blind eye over the illegal hoardings installed on the rooftops and along roads under its jurisdiction.
Though illegal hoardings have been removed from some places in the city, but the civic body has failed to take action against those illegal hoardings, which have been installed by influential persons.
It was learnt that the state government had increased the fine for violation of Section of 123 of the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act (prohibition of advertisement without permission) around six months ago. However, the civic body had not issued a single challan to any violator despite knowing the violation is going on in the city.
Such examples of violations can be seen commonly on Pakhowal Road, Model Town, near Fountain Chowk, Sarabha Nagar and others.
One such illegal hoarding has been installed on a building with support of a political leader of near Sarabha Nagar intersection on Pakhowal Road, Ludhiana. It was learnt that this illegal hoarding is in knowledge of MC official but they avoid taking action due to political approach.
Though the MC had removed the unauthorized hoardings from the commercial buildings but it also keeps a soft approach towards some commercial buildings where multiple hoardings have been installed.
Surinder Singh, a resident said that the law should be similar for everybody. “These violators are earning a huge amount from such unauthorized hoardings but nobody should be spared”, he said.
MC can generate huge revenue by issuing challans to the violators but it generally avoids taking action, a source in MC said.
There are many illegal hoardings installed by the educational institutes in Model Town that are causing loss to MC. Besides, the residents are also demanding checking of the status of advertisements in Sarabha Nagar main market, Feroze Gandhi market and others, as they alleged that some illegal hoardings are also being installed on buildings.
Besides, the installation of illegal hoardings is rampant outside the MC's jurisdiction. When contacted, Harvinder Singh, superintendent of MC, said, “I will look into the matter and take required steps to remove the unauthorised advertisements.”