Civic body plans action on illegal hoardings and encroachments

ST CORRESPONDENT
Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Shekhar Gaikawad said, “We have planned a drive, which will be carried out every week. We have decided specific days, such as, there will be two days for removing illegal hoardings, banners, flexes, two days for roadside encroachments, etc. I will be present during the drive.”

PUNE: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to clear illegal hoardings, encroachments and dumping debris along river sides. PMC Commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad passed an order on Monday to take strict action against encroachments.

While speaking to the media, Gaikawad said, “We have planned a drive, which will be carried out every week. We have decided specific days, such as, there will be two days for removing illegal hoardings, banners, flexes, two days for roadside encroachments, etc. I will be present during the drive.”

Head of Anti-Encroachment Department, PMC, Madhav Jagtap, said, “We have formed teams to take action against illegal hoardings. There are 139 illegal hoardings in the city so far. We are facing strong opposition from people. Hence, we will take police protection during the drive.” 

One of the senior officials of the Anti-Encroachment Department said, “We don’t have enough manpower to take action on daily basis against encroachments. Another thing, we face strong opposition from people. Hence, we need police protection. But, we don’t get enough and timely police protection to continue anti-encroachment drives.”                         

52 SECURITY PERSONS TO HANDLE ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES
Last year, the civic body had deputed security personnel to stop illegal activities such as dumping along riverside, illegal parking of vehicles along river bed. The PMC had appointed 52 security personnel for 24x7 vigilance to prevent dumping debris and parking along river bed. 

ACT FOR ILLEGAL HOARDINGS
As per Prevention of Defacement of Property Act, Maharashtra, 1995, defacement of property refers to impairing or interfering with the appearance or beauty, damaging, disfiguring, spoiling or injuring in any way whatsoever property. Under section 3 of this Act, accused may face three months imprisonment or a fine of `2,000 or both.

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