Pan­vel civic body to re­move all il­le­gal hoard­ings by R-Day

STRICT AC­TION Di­rects print­ing press units not to print any ban­ner with­out its per­mis­sion

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: Fol­low­ing the Bom­bay high court’s or­der, the Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil (PMC) has started re­mov­ing all il­le­gal hoard­ings and ban­ners in its area.

The civic of­fi­cials have de­cided to pull down such hoard­ings by Re­pub­lic Day.

“Apart from re­mov­ing hoard­ings and ban­ners from roads and other pub­lic places, we have also started reg­is­ter­ing crim­i­nal cases against the vi­o­la­tors at dif­fer­ent po­lice sta­tions,” said a se­nior of­fi­cial from PMC.

“Sim­i­larly, we have also asked all the print­ing presses in the city not to print any ban­ner and hoard­ing with­out our per­mis­sion,” added the of­fi­cial.

Tak­ing ad­van­tage of al­leged lax at­ti­tude of the PMC, in­sti­tutes, shops and political par­ties put ban­ners at dif­fer­ent places of Pan­vel such as near the rail- way sta­tion and ST bus de­pot among oth­ers.

“A per­son can put a hoard­ing or ban­ner in any part of the city only af­ter tak­ing per­mis­sion from the coun­cil. We have

started re­mov­ing hoard­ings which were put with­out our per­mis­sion. We will fin­ish the task by Re­pub­lic Day. Puni­tive mea­sures will be taken if any­one vi­o­lates the norms,” the

of­fi­cial said.

Res­i­dents blame the civic body for the il­le­gal hoard­ings and posters which have been put up all across the city.

“Peo­ple dare to put hoard- ings at pub­lic places as the civic au­thor­i­ties hardly take any ac­tion against them. If the au­thor­i­ties take such of­fences se­ri­ously and keep reg­is­ter­ing crim­i­nal cases against the cul­prits, the num­ber of such hoard­ings will come down,” said Vishal Mha­tre, 37, a res­i­dent of Pan­vel.

Mean­while, Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) has started reg­is­ter­ing cases at po­lice sta­tions against those who put ban­ners in the city with­out per­mis­sion. One case has been reg­is­tered with Kopar Khairane po­lice sta­tion on Thurs­day.

In Au­gust 2014, the Bom­bay high court di­rected all mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tions of the state to take strict ac­tion against the il­le­gal hoard­ings and ban­ners that were de­fac­ing the city.

Un­for­tu­nately, both PMC and NMMC had been show­ing their lack­adaisi­cal at­ti­tudes even af­ter that.

HT FILE

Posters and ban­ners in Navi Mum­bai have come up be­cause of the au­thor­i­ties’ lax at­ti­tude.

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