NMMC re­moves 1,830 il­le­gal hoard­ings since De­cem­ber

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

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.

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