Illegal hoardings dot Kapurthala, MC to scrap private firm contract

  • Jatinder Mahal, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: May 27, 2016 14:55 IST
Illegal hoarding defacing public property at Kacheri chowk in the Kapurthala on Wednesday. (HT Photo)

Illegal hoardings galore on almost all major roads and other public properties in the city, with little or no action against violators.

In March this year, the Kapurthala municipal council had given the contract to a private company, RK Enterprises, to manage installation of hoardings in the city.

Not even a single challan has been used to violators who have defaced a number of public properties. This despite the fact that there is a provision of lodging a first information report (FIR) or Rs 1,000 fine against the violators under the Defacement of Public Property Act.

Right at the entrance of the city, a number of illegal posters of educational institutes or political parties have been installed. The intersections, electricity poles and even walls of private residential properties are dotted with posters.

Areas such as Kachehri Chowk, Mall Road, DC Chowk, Fountain Chowk and the local bus stand are also dotted with illegal posters and banners, giving the city an ugly look.

The outer walls of private buildings and schools have been painted with advertisements. The violators have even pasted posters outside the MC office but action have never been taken against them so far.

The situation has come to such pass that the violators are even pasting hoardings of senior leaders belonging to the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (SAD-BJP) at public places. A senior MC official said they find it difficult to launch a drive due to political interference. The MC can stop this and fine the violators but political leaders interfere in their working, he said.

MC issues notice to private firm

After receiving complaints about the private firm as it failed to deposit the contract installments, the MC has issued “last warning notice” to the company to clear the dues before May 31 or its contract will be scrapped.

MC executive engineer SK Aggarwal said the company had deposited Rs 25 lakh as one installment of their `1 crore contract two months ago. But despite repeated reminders, it has failed to deposit the rest of the amount.

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