Mumbai: The State government is soon going to form a uniform policy for placing hoardings in the corporation limits. The government has invited suggestions and objections from the citizens and after the final nod from the law and judiciary department, the policy will be implemented, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced in the Assembly on Tuesday. He was replying to a question raised by MLA Vijay Kale (Shivajinagar, Pune).
Kale said the Chief Minister should clarify why the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is facing losses of Rs 142 crore due to the outstanding of licence fees of the advertisement hoardings. “The PMC is ignoring the overdues from the advertisers and license fees of 1,749 hoardings is pending while the civic body is renewing the licenses instead,” he alleged.
Fadnavis said that according to the audit report, the outstanding amount from 1991-92 to March 2013 is about Rs 125 crore, but the license department informed that it is Rs 35 crore, out of which Rs 17 crore has been recovered. The procedure to recover the rest of the amount is under process.
The Chief Minister denied the allegations made by Kale, saying the PMC renewed the licenses of 1,774 hoardings and for 121, it had denied the permission. “The hoardings, which are not having permission from PMC, are being demolished by the civic body. There is a computerised system to accept license fees and renew the license, so no hoarding is allowed with pending overdues,” the Chief Minister clarified.
“The government is in the process of framing a new uniform policy for all corporations. The law and judiciary department is studying the proposal. After getting the final approval from the department, the uniform policy will be implemented in all corporation limits,” he informed.