Up­load pho­tos of il­le­gal posters on NMMC’s FB page

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sengupta sang­hami­tra.sengupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: The Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) has launched a Face­book page for il­le­gal hoard­ings un­der its en­croach­ment depart­ment.

Of­fi­cials from the civic body said that the page has been cre­ated to en­sure its trans­parency.

The page www.face­book.com/ en­croach­ment cell NM MC will up­load the pic­tures of en­croach­ment sites with il­le­gal hoard­ing shared by the res­i­dents. How­ever, post the ac­tion is taken and the com­plaint is solved, the pic­tures will be up­loaded by the of­fi­cials at the site again.

The page also dis­plays the head of­fice num­ber 022-27567150 for res­i­dents to com­plain.

“The FB page was started three weeks ago and has re­ceived 180 likes. The cor­po­ra­tion is sure that this will help to have a trans­par­ent gov­er­nance sys­tem,” said Kailash Gaik­wad, ad­di­tional mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner (en­croach­ment), NMMC.

The of­fi­cials have started re­ceiv­ing com­plaints on the page. The of­fi­cials have put up an ap­peal note along with its toll-free num­bers, urg­ing res­i­dents to file com­plaints.

Of­fi­cials said as per the court di­rec­tive, all mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tions were asked to give wide pub­lic­ity to re­dres­sal mech­a­nisms set up for il­le­gal hoard­ing through var­i­ous medi­ums.

The Bom­bay high court had in Au­gust 2014 asked all the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tions across the state to take strict ac­tion against il­le­gal hoard­ings and ban­ners.

The NMMC cracked t he whip on the il­le­gal hoard­ings in the first week of De­cem­ber and asked res­i­dents and other or­gan­i­sa­tions not to put up hoard­ing with­out tak­ing its per­mis­sion.

It has also re­moved a to­tal of 1,965 il­le­gal hoard­ings and ban­ners from dif­fer­ent ar­eas of its ju­ris­dic­tion from Novem­ber last year to Jan­uary 30 this year.

“Of­fi­cials from all eight ward of­fices have been di­rected to be ac­tively in­volved in this cam­paign. We are also tak­ing strict ac­tion as per court di­rec­tive to file first in­for­ma­tion re­ports. Eleven FIRs have been reg­is­tered since Novem­ber last year,” said Ankush Cha­van, ad­di­tional mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner (city).

“A ma­jor­ity of the hoard­ings we re­moved are birth­day wishes and re­lated to busi­ness en­ter­prises. Many of them were also political ban­ners,” added Cha­van.

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