Political hoardings continue to deface city, MC looks the other way
Hoardings carrying pictures of political leaders continue to deface the city, with the municipal corporation having turned a blind eye to the problem.punjab Updated: Apr 23, 2016 15:56 IST
Hoardings carrying pictures of political leaders continue to deface the city, with the municipal corporation having turned a blind eye to the problem.
Even as MC officials claimed to have taken strict action against the violators on several occasions, the reality on the ground is different.
Hoarding of Union minister and Punjab Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Vijay Sampla and other party leaders were seen at major points such BSF Chowk, Ladowalli Road on Tuesday.
Similar hoardings of other political parties are also seen in other parts of the city.
Contrary to the status, the officials of advertisement branch have claimed that the hoarding are paid and firm name Durga Publicity has contract for 11 years and cannot remove them.
“They are paid hoardings and therefore we cannot penalise them,” said MC superintendent (advertisement) Maheep Sareen.
Sampla recently faced trouble in Chandigarh when party supporters put congratulatory hoardings and banners at various areas of the city to congratulate him for his appointment as the new Punjab BJP chief.
The Chandigarh MC had announced a fine of Rs 2 crore on the state BJP for putting illegal hoardings and banners on April 12.
As per the Outdoor Advertisement Bylaw, the MC is supposed to provide a specific area where such advertisements can be put.
As per the bylaw, no advertisement can be exhibited or fixed over any place within the city without the written permission of the MC. It also states that a special area for advertisements needs to be classified. Officials claimed the MC during a special drive had removed illegal hoarding from Nakodar Chowk, Guru Nanak Mission Chowk and Football Chowk etc.