NMMC removes 1,830 illegal hoardings since December
Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation has removed a total of 1,830 illegal hoardings and banners from different areas of its jurisdiction between December 5 and January 26.
Following the Bombay high court’s order, the civic body cracked the whip on the illegal hoardings in the first week of December and asked residents and other organisations not to put up hoarding without taking their permission.
“Officials from all eight ward offices were involved in this campaign. Apart from removing hoardings we also registered first information reports (FIR) at different police stations. Six FIRs were registered on the Republic Day,” said a senior official from NMMC.
“A majority of the hoardings we removed in this drive were birthday wishes and related to business enterprises. Many of them were also political banners. We have registered FIRs against two functionaries of two different political parties. While the first one belongs to Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), the other one is from Shiv Sena,” he said.
NMMC also launched a separate website www.nmmc.online. com for receiving complaints from residents. Several people had complained about the illegal hoardings and banners that had defaced the city in the past couple of months.
“The new website has been proved a big help for us. It was done as part of e-governance programme and we encourage people to make maximum use of it,” another official said.
Residents said there are several areas in the city, where nothing has been done to remove such illegal hoardings. “You can see several illegal hoardings near at Nerul and Belapur. Anyone come and randomly put a hoarding wherever he or she wants. We expect NMMC to cover these areas too,” said Sachin Salve, 49, a resident of Nerul.
In August, 2014, the Bombay high court asked all municipal corporations of the state to take strict action against illegal hoardings and banners that were defacing the city. The NMMC had been showing its lackadaisical attitude even after that.