1 month deadline to remove illegal hoardings: civic chief

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Saturday, 20 October 2018

“The PMC will remove all illegal hoardings within a month. It will file a police complaint, if necessary, against railway officers who will refuse to cooperate on the issue,” said Municipal Commissioner Saurabh Rao

Pune: “The PMC will remove all illegal hoardings within a month. It will file a police complaint, if necessary, against railway officers who will refuse to cooperate on the issue,” said Municipal Commissioner Saurabh Rao at the General Body Meeting on Friday while responding to queries of corporators over the issue of hoardings.

Corporators from all parties expressed concern about unsafe hoardings in the city. 
Avinash Bagwe, senior Congress corporator said, “All hoardings are illegal and they are not following hoarding policy-2003. There are illegal hoardings having heights of more than 50 feet. The administration is deliberately ignoring these facts.”

 Arvind Shinde, Congress party leader, referring to Supra Advertising and Publicity Company said, “Supra company has hoardings in the city. The PMC should check any connection with Pankaja Munde (BJP leader and minister) and Supra. It owes money to the PMC and no one is taking action against their hoardings.” He demanded filing of police complaints against railway administration for the recent hoarding collapse incident.
 
BJP Leader of the House Shrinath Bhimale denied allegations by Shinde and said, “The company does not have any outstanding. The PMC should provide information about legal and illegal hoardings and take action against illegal hoardings.”

Action should be taken against Sky Sign Department officials for not taking action against illegal hoarding, said Sanjay Bhosale of Shiv Sena. 

Rao said, “We will take action against hoardings having height of more than 40 feet and for not following rules and regulations prescribed in hoarding policy-2003.”

On the hoarding collapse incident, Rao said, “The PMC has sent seven letters to railway administration. However, they have neither replied nor taken cognisance of the letters. We are demanding filing of police complaints against railway officials who are refusing to cooperate on the issue.”

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