Upload photos of illegal posters on NMMC’s FB page
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.