Finally, Chandigarh MC decides to serve notice on BJP over illegal hoardings
It was found that seven illegal hoardings, banners, flags welcoming BJP president were put up on city roads by the party on May 20punjab Updated: Jul 17, 2017 11:00 IST
It took two months for the municipal corporation to decide on issuing notice to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for putting up illegal hoardings, banners and flags on the roads of Sectors 48, 47, 45/46 and 33 during the visit of their party president Amit Shah on May 20.
The MC has decided to assess the fine amount and issue notice on July 18.
The civic body has in past issued notices to BJP and Congress, but no action has been taken, which is in continuous violation of Advertisement Control Order Act,1954.
A senior officer of MC said, “We have decided to issue notice to BJP on July 18 after assessing the amount at rate of RS 100 square per foot per day and also service tax.
In the survey, we have found that there were around 7 illegal hoardings, banners and flags on the roads of Sectors 48, 47, 45/46 and 33, but the permission was for 6 hoardings only.”
These hoardings were put up to welcome BJP chief.
When contacted, joint commissioner, MC, Shilpi Dutta Pattar said, “I have already directed my staff to assess the amount and accordingly notices will be issued.”
NO ACTION ON EARLIER NOTICES TOO
In April 2016, MC imposed a fine of Rs 1.8 crore on Punjab BJP over the violation of the act and for erecting illegal hoardings and banners in Sector 37 on April 12.
However, no steps were taken for the recovery of the amount. BJP erected the same to welcome Punjab BJP president Vijay Sampla.
Also, in September last year, Chandigarh BJP put up party flags and banners illegally on all the roundabouts of the city during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit, but no notice has been issued yet.
Surprisingly, the MC had removed them late in the evening on the day when function got over and the PM had left the venue. The flags were displayed without any permission at the roundabouts leading to the rally venue in Sector 25.
DESPITE Rs 67-LAKH NOTICE TO CONGRESS, MC FAILS TO TAKE ACTION
On September 16, 2015, then MC commissioner, Bhawana Garg, had issued a notice to Punjab Youth Congress to deposit Rs 67 lakh for using the civic body land to display posters and banners without permission.
Now the case has been referred to UT estate officer for the recovery under Land Arrear Act. The Youth Congress had put up illegal hoardings and banners at the Sector 15/16 roundabout and the road dividing Sectors 11 and 25.