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Illegal Congress hoardings dot Kapurthala, MC helpless

Despite local residents complaining against the problem of illegal hoardings, dotting the city, the municipal corporation (MC) officials seem to turn a blind eye towards the menace.

punjab Updated: Mar 22, 2017 15:20 IST
HT Correspondent
The welcome hoardings with photos of Congress leaders in Kapurthala.
The welcome hoardings with photos of Congress leaders in Kapurthala.(HT Photo)

Despite local residents complaining against the problem of illegal hoardings, dotting the city, the municipal corporation (MC) officials seem to turn a blind eye towards the menace.

This time municipal corporation Kapurthala faces a bizarre situation as several hoardings carrying the ‘welcome’ photos of minister for power and irrigation Rana Gurjit Singh and Kapurthala MLA have been put at many places by Congress workers on Sunday.

But MC officials despite clear violations of the norms have not initiated any action to remove the hoardings.

The unauthorised hoardings have become a common sight as the said party leaders generally don’t come forward to encourage their supporters to stop such practices. (HT Photo)

These unauthorised hoardings carrying greetings for the Congress minister can be seen in the city and at major chowks. MC officials however, showed ignorance about violations and said, “The hoardings will be removed and we will inquire who installed these.”

The hoardings have been installed at Bus Stand road, Sadar Bazar, Sarafa market, Ksaaba bazaar, the old grain market road and many other localities.

The unauthorised hoardings have become a common sight as the said party leaders generally don’t come forward to encourage their supporters to stop such practices.

The illegal hoardings are in violation of the Defacement of Public Property Act.

It is worth mentioning here that the MC has failed to act against illegal hoardings in the city despite having the power to issue challans.There is a provision in the law to impose a fine of ₹1,000 or lodge a first information report (FIR) against a violator under the Defacement of Public Property Act.

A city resident, Harmann Gill, said, “The law should be equal for all. But due to political pressure MC officials never initiate action against the violators as a result the part supporters install hoardings without fearing laws.”

Adding to the woes, a number of illegal posters of educational institutes or political parties greet the city residents.

Posters are pasted on intersections, electricity poles and walls of private residences also. Sandeep Tiwari, executive engineer (EE), municipal council, could not be reached for comments despite repeated attempts.