Tommy goes for a walk, so do others

An apparently harmless hoarding wishing ?Happy Birthday? to Tommy, a canine has done what the whole government machinery, including the High Court bench here, could not do.
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Published on Oct 25, 2006 12:08 AM IST
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An apparently harmless hoarding wishing “Happy Birthday” to Tommy, a canine has done what the whole government machinery, including the High Court bench here, could not do.

Angered by hundreds of hoardings, most of them illegal, at prime locations – sometimes creating obstacles, sometimes blocking the view – put up by various political parties and their social groups (read ‘XYZ Mitra Mandal’), a concerned citizen Rajesh Bidkar decided to join them as he could not possibly beat them.

Following suit of the politicos, Bidkar came out with a novel hoarding two days ago at Rajwada depicting birthday wishes for a dog named Tommy, surrounded by other dogs, who were named in a manner like that of supporters of political leaders appear on such birthday greetings hoardings. This did the trick.

Overnight, a few political parties pulled down their hoardings from various squares and other prominent places. Not to be left behind, the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) too conducted a cleaning operation and pulled down more than 500 hoardings of various sizes from different areas of the City since Monday.

“We pulled down 250 hoardingson Monday. On Tuesday our men pulled down another 450 hoardings,” IMC Removal Officer Rajesh Kothari said here this evening.

The IMC, which has deployed a work force of 40 men and a number of trucks for the job, plans to carry out the campaign till the City is cleansed out of the hoarding menace.

“Even after that, we would be conducting similar campaign in future and ensure that the City remains free from illegal hoardings,” Kothari said.

One has to take IMC’s permission for putting up a hoarding anywhere within city limits. But most of the hoardings are put up without permission even as there is no rule to govern the size of the hoarding.

“However, there are certain areas in the city where no hoardings can be erected. When a party asks for permission for these areas, like Rajwada, we deny it,” Kothari added.  It also prompted the IMC to take quick action on illegal hoardings and how? Not in a mood to spare anyone and any hoarding, the IMC squad also pulled down the hoarding wishing Tommy on his birthday!!

However, IMC Commissioner Vinod Sharma told Hindustan Times that the hoarding removal drive was his initiative and nothing to do with the ‘Tommy’ hoarding.

He said that he noticed too many hoardings while driving down the City and directed his officials to remove the hoardings. He said he came to know about the ‘Tommy’ hoarding later on Tuesday through the newspapers.

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