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Pune civic officials neglect complaints by pedestrians about illegal hoarding on Aundh-Khadki road

The illegal hoarding has been put up by  Vijay Shewale, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) corporator, which is a signboard to his public relations office, with pictures of Shewale, and Prakash Dhore, corporator and other party leaders. 

pune Updated: Mar 14, 2019 16:38 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Due to the implementation of the model code of conduct, sign boards and hoardings in various parts of the city have been covered.(HT PHOTO)

PUNE Repeated complaints by pedestrians about an illegal hoarding encroaching on a footpath in the Aundh-Khadki area have been with a deaf ear at the Aundh-Bopodi ward office.

The illegal hoarding is put up by Vijay Shewale, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) corporator, which is a signboard to his public relations office, with pictures of Shewale, and Prakash Dhore, corporator and other party leaders.

Sandeep Dhole-Kadam, ward officer, Aundh-Bopodi area assured the residents that he will take action against the offender. However, even after a month the hoarding obstructs the footpath and is creating inconvenience to pedestrians.

Dhole-Kadam said, “In February we initiated a campaign to remove illegal hoardings in the city, which block footpaths as well the hoardings put up on walls. As far as this particular hoarding is concerned, I have instructed my staff to remove it.’’ According to Dhole-Kadam, his staff removed at least 15 illegal hoardings from Ambedkar chowk and adjacent area.

Shewale said, “This hoarding was erected by our party workers, but it is not good to erect hoarding which is creating inconvenience to pedestrians. I will look into the matter and will remove it soon.”

Prashant Inamdar, convenor, Pedestrians First said, hoardings on footpath have become a regular affair causing inconvenience to pedestrians and also endangering their lives.

“As per Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) pedestrian policy, hoardings are not permitted on footpaths. It is also stipulated in the policy that minimum vertical clearance of 2.5 metres for walking should be maintained throughout the length and width of the footpath,” said Inamdar.

“Hoardings on footpath not only hinder pedestrian movement, but the haphazardly placed bamboo poles and inadequate vertical clearances cause unsafe conditions for pedestrians with a high probability of serious injury,” said Inamdar.

Inamdar blamed the civic body for not following its own pedestrian policy and requested to take strict deterrent action on a consistent basis to save pedestrians from the growing menace of hoardings on footpaths.

First Published: Mar 14, 2019 16:36 IST