The MC’s claim to curb illegal advertisements fell flat as despite being pointed out, a large number of political hoardings are still seen all over the city.
Taking note of The Tribune’s report on illegal political hoardings in the city, Traffic Advisor, Punjab, Navdeep Asija has requested the Director Town and Country Planning, Punjab, to re-initiate action against illegal outdoor advertisements on a regular basis for the overall safety of road commuters.
To redress the issue, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has passed various orders in this regard. But instead of taking action against illegal hoardings, the MC seems to have turned a blind eye towards these.
According to the traffic advisor Punjab, the Director, Town and Country Planning Punjab, is a notified nodal officer with six region-wise team members, who will carry out an inspection about illegal outdoor advertisements and tell the court about the consideration.
Illegal advertisements are being displayed near traffic intersections in the city, inviting mishaps. Besides, rooftop structures are also being installed to display illegal advertisements on highways.
Navdeep Asija said: “It has been observed that due to inaction by the department concerned, such illegal outdoor advertisements are on the rise.” “During foggy days, the view blocked by illegal outdoor advertisements may result in serious road accident,” he said.
Meanwhile, Sanjay Goel, Chairman-IIA, Punjab Chapter, said: “The city is again and again flooded with advertisements and publicity boards. After New Year, now Happy Lohri and Happy Republic Day wishes are in bulk on roads, may be due to the upcoming elections. The elected candidates are supposed to keep the city neat, clean and smart, but they are doing the opposite.”
MC Superintendent Harvinder Singh, however, said: “We have been conducting drives against illegal hoardings on a regular basis. The action is being taken against violations.”
There is no use finding fault with the EVMs now when the party leadership committed a historic blunder with regard to the overall strategy in the elections. First, it should look within to find out reasons that stopped AAP’s march to power,” Chandigarh-based The Tribune quoted Mann as saying.
21 Jan 2018
22 Jan 2018