Three days after the municipal corporation (MC) filed an affidavit (regarding removal of unauthorised advertisements) with the Punjab and Haryana high court; these unauthorised hoardings have again come up on the premises of Shaheed Sukhdev Thapar Inter-State Bus Terminal.
The areas outside city bus stand have recently been declared as traffic sensitive zone by the MC.
Earlier, the MC had given directions to the advertisement firms concerned to remove such hoardings that face traffic sensitive zone.
On the one hand advertiser is claiming that he is not violating the norms of the Advertisement Bylaws 2014, on the other hand MC officials claimed that the hoardings that face road and railway overbridge outside bus stand are against bylaws.
Earlier, assistant commissioner Satwant Singh had given directions that big hoardings facing road and flyover can't be allowed. Following directions, the advertiser concerned had removed the hoardings facing road and flyover on January 3, as MC had to file an affidavit regarding the removal of unauthorised advertisements on January 9 in the high court.
Not only bus stand, the unauthorised advertisements are also being displayed at various places, as the advertisement bylaws are not being implemented strictly in the city. The coaching institutes and commercial establishments in Model Town, Ghumar Mandi, Pakhowal Road and other areas are also violating norms.
However, some owners of commercial establishments also claimed that they were not aware about the advertisement bylaws.
Kanwarinder Singh, who heads an advertisement firm, said, "We have applied for permission to display hoardings on the bus stand premises. However, we are allowed to display small hoardings as they don't violate norms. We are following the Advertisement Bylaws 2014."
Meanwhile denying claims of advertisement firm, MC advertisement wing superintendent Harwinder Singh said, "The road and flyover outside the bus stand falls under traffic sensitive zone. In view of safety of public, we can't allow installation of hoardings that face road and flyover."
"Big hoardings divert the attention of commuters. We will remove the hoardings and take required action as per law" he said.
MC forms special teams to remove unauthorised advertisements
On Monday, MC commissioner GK Singh said they have formed special teams to act against such unauthorised advertisements, adding that the advertisers would have to pay the expenditure for removal of unauthorised advertisements.
He appealed to the people to avoid installing unauthorised advertisements on roads, intersections and public places as per directions of high court.