In the race of Political campaigning where political parties are busy defacing the city by putting political advertisements’, banners and posters on private and public buildings there Municipal corporation has failed to crack down illegal hoardings and a few unaccounted uniploes in the city .
In a reality check done by Hindustan Times on Saturday it was found that be it a private building, government property, walls, pillars, water tanks, toilets, historical gates of Amritsar, electricity and the list is endless.
Notably it was found that due to political patronage of the ruling government there is a clear monopoly of SAD-BJP political advertisements where they have exhibited their schemes and developmental works.
But a source from Municipal corporation on the condition of anonymity shared that despite there is monopoly of SAD the public relation department of the government after a proper tendering has hired private advisers’ who are further paying rent and advertisement tax to the corporation thus not every unipole and hoarding in city can be called as illegal. But there are a few unipoles and also banners and hoardings which are not accounted for they need to be checked by the department.
Though everything is happening so blatantly and right under the nose of Municipal Corporation but MC, which is custodian and lawmaker for advertising policy seems to be in a deep slumber over the issue.
Political parties are flouting the rules and city is dotted with these illegal political banners, posters and hoardings which have not only defaced the city but also has become a cause of concern for many residents as there private buildings have been used for the same, these posters are also dotted outside house walls which is giving trouble to the residents.
Various areas in the city where hoardings of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal other political leaders were found.
Major areas where this poster campaigning has become a concern for the residents is Durgiana Temple area, Gate Hakima, Khazana gate, Sultanwind gate, Mall road, Chheharta, Batala road, Lahori gate and others. Besides hoardings illegal political advertisements are also found on private buildings of shopping centers which is being objected by the shop owners. This violation is also seen on electricity poles.
“ Outdoor advertisement laws are not being followed by political parties , they are violating rules for now but when there would be code of conduct only the legal hoardings for which party is paying expenses would be held back and rest unaccounted would have to be taken off . Unipoles for which contractors would be paying rent would stay back rest can be questioned as they are unaccounted,” said he
Notably these illegal hoardings have also been found on PWD building and various bus stops of the city especially the stops which have recently come up under the ambitious BRTS project. In the absence of proper execution of the orders by the authorities concerned, illegal hoardings can be seen within and outside municipal corporation limits creating problem for commuters as well. These hoardings have also been seen in newly inaugurated heritage street area , which if not curbed would deface the project.
In the previous interview with HT, Municipal Corporation Commissioner Sonali Giri assured that they would conduct a exercise to monitor roadsides defacement but things seem to be in pipeline.