Civic body loses rev­enue as il­le­gal hoard­ings con­tinue to de­face city

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

CBD BE­LA­PUR: De­spite the Bom­bay high court (HC) or­ders, more than 2,000 hoard­ings were put up dur­ing Di­wali in 111 wards of the civic body, said a civic of­fi­cial. “Once the fes­ti­val is over, as was the case with this Di­wali, the civic of­fi­cials do the rounds of the city and re­moved the hoard­ings at their own cost,” said an NMMC of­fi­cial, on con­di­tion of anonymity.

A so­cial worker, re­quest­ing anonymity, said, “De­spite com­plaints against il­le­gal hoard­ings, no ac­tion is taken.”

He added, “The NMMC is los­ing out on thou­sands of ru­pees in rev­enue due to th­ese il­le­gal hoard­ings, which are also de­fac­ing the city. No­body seems to care though.”

Ac­cord­ing to the NMMC of­fi­cial, “The mo­ment we re­move an il­le­gal hoard­ing, there is pres­sure from the con­cerned cor­po­ra­tor or some of­fice bearer, which de­lays ac­tion,” said an NMMC of­fi­cial, on con­di­tion of anonymity.

He added, “Sev­eral peo­ple in the anti-en­croach­ment squad have per­son­nel, who are closely con­nected to some cor­po­ra­tors and po­lit­i­cal lead­ers. Hence, the hoard­ings of th­ese pow­er­ful peo­ple which are put up dur­ing fes­ti­vals, birth­days and other events, are not touched.”

“Ac­tion is taken only when small-time party work­ers put up such hoard­ings,” said the of­fi­cial.

MORE THAN 2,000 HOARD­INGS WERE PUT UP DUR­ING DI­WALI IN 111 WARDS OF THE CIVIC BODY, SAID A CIVIC OF­FI­CIAL

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