PCMC finds 881 illegal hoardings, sends notices

ST Correspondent
Saturday, 2 June 2018

The civic authority has issued notices to 250 people responsible for raising these hoardings. The move followed the Standing Committee’s instruction to take strict action against all unauthorised hoardings in the city.

Pimpri: A survey conducted by the Sky Sign Department of the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has revealed that there are 881 unauthorised hoardings in the city, which is making city’s skyline ugly. 

The civic authority has issued notices to 250 people responsible for raising these hoardings. The move followed the Standing Committee’s instruction to take strict action against all unauthorised hoardings in the city. 

The internal survey of the Sky Sign Department of the PCMC reveals that 881 big hoardings are illegally installed. The civic authority has issued notices to 200 of them to pay two-and-a-half times higher penalty. The remaining will receive notices within a week. This will generate an income of about Rs 13.84 crore. The survey has almost been completed. If the fine is paid within a week, hoardings will be regularised. Those who do not pay the fine will be sued in the court, said civic officials.

Many licence holders have raised the 10x20 bill boards despite having permission to set up 10x10-size billboards. The number of such hoardings is 90 per cent. Standing Committee member Vilas Madegiri said a large number of illegal hoardings are seen in the city. However, the civic authority has found only 881  unauthorised. He said the exact number is not revealed. So, the PCMC should initiate criminal action against people involved in such activities, he added.

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