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MCD to PWD: Not your job to order hoardings removed

Following a recent notice by PWD, asking the removal of hoardings, MCD passed the same orders, reports Sidhartha Roy.

india Updated: Dec 05, 2006 02:25 IST

The MCD and the Delhi government have locked horns on the issue of removal of illegal hoardings.

Following a recent notice by the Public Works Department asking all roadside hoardings be removed, the MCD on Monday passed a similar order.

In a meeting of the MCD Standing Committee on Monday, it was decided that all hoardings put up on MCD-serviced roads without permission would be removed within three days.

And while doing that the MCD said the government was encroaching upon its authority as it has no locus standi to issue such a notification.

The government's notice inviting “expression of interest” for building about 200 public toilets on the Ring Road also received flak from the councillors at the Standing Committee meeting.

In a resolution, the MCD asked its Commissioner, AK Nigam, to inform the PWD that it had no powers to issue notices to remove hoardings from road sides as the civic body was the sole authority to grant or refuse permission for putting up advertisements.

Congress councillor Sanjay Puri said the department had issued the notice on November 27, saying that the hoardings on the Ring Road should be removed.

He said this road was among one of the eight roads given to the PWD in 2002 for its maintenance but the authority of the roads remained with the MCD.

A Lokayukta order has specifically identified the civic body's sole authority to grant permission for erecting hoardings on roads across the Capital, he said.

Expressing concern over "encroachment over its authority by a government department", the councillors also said the civic body was being deprived of at least Rs 100 crore through advertisement tax because of PWD's encroachment on its authority.

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First Published: Dec 05, 2006 02:22 IST