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PMC’s ‘illegal’ LED screens smashed by Maharashtra Navanirman Sena

MNS claimed that they had broken almost 10 digital screens in the city which included screens on FC Road. 

pune Updated: Jul 13, 2017 13:58 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
MNS activistis attacking an LED screen that has been eretced in the city.(HT PHOTO)

The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), on Wednesday, vandalised the digital LED boards in the city erected by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) under the Smart City Scheme.

MNS claimed that they had broken almost 10 digital screens in the city which included screens on FC Road.

The PMC had put these boards up under the Smart City scheme. As the Smart City mission completes two years, the municipal corporation erected these digital screens all over the city to make citizens aware about its various initiatives.

Smart City’s Chief Executive Officer, Rajendra Jagtap, accepted that some of the digital screens were vandalised by political workers. The cost of each digital screen is Rs 20 lakh.

“The contractor is doing a site inspection about the loss made by the political workers and a police case would be filed,” said Jagtap. A total of 150 digital screens were erected in the city.

MNS city unit President Ajay Shinde told Hindustan Times that their workers carried this drive out all over the city and had damaged the LED boards.Shinde warned that if the municipal administration did not pull these illegal screens down within next few days on its own, MNS will agitate on a larger scale and will damage all such digital screens in the city.

MNS claimed that all of the screens were illegal and had no prior permission. Some of the digital screens were erected on footpaths.

MNS claimed that the municipal administration is also accepting that these are illegal screens which were erected without the necessary permission.

In future, all of these screens would be utilised for commercial purposes, said MNS.

First Published: Jul 13, 2017 13:57 IST