Monday, 18 March 2013

Act against illegal hoardings: Oppn - Source LT

n AMC spares big fish deliberately n Policy on posters within 3 days

The opposition members on Monday in unison demanded strict action against illegal hoardings in the city. 
They also targeted the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) for the irregularities on the issue of hoardings.
They alleged that the civic officials wash off their hands after granting permissions to the hoardings. It is generally observed that individuals, organisations, societies or companies display hoarding double or more than the size permitted by the estate section. The apathy towards the issue is due to vested interest. So far the AMC has granted permission to 346 hoardings only, rest are illegal. Ironically, the AMC does not have figures of illegal hoardings and there is no time frame to detect them citing the excuse of shortage of staff.
The members also claimed that the estate section is a puppet in the hands of some influential politicians. They deliberately spare big guns but take serious action against small and petty traders and tuition class-owners etc. Needless to say, they are doing the same thing for the past one week.
The members Kashinath Kokate, Trimbyak Tupe, Mahesh Malwatkar, Krishna Bankar, Gajanan Barwal, Mir Hidayat Ali and others also demanded strict action in this regard and demanded that a policy should be made for the hoardings immediately to boost the revenue of the AMC. 
Pramod Rathod stressed on outsourcing the hoardings, but if one goes for permission, the estate section either avoids granting permission or forces him to make several rounds of the office.
In his clarification, municipal commissioner H S Kamble said that he and commissioner of police (CP) had a meeting in this regard and later on ordered the AMC officials to intensify the drive against illegal hoardings, digital posters and banners. "We have formed six teams and they are maintaining coordination with the city police stations," he said. 
Referring to the plea to allow permission for displaying hoardings and posters to commemorate Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar birth anniversary on April 14, civic chief said, " I will go through the High Court order. Soon, district collector, commissioner of police and I will be meeting and within three days the final decision on hoardings and its policy will be made known to you. We will prepare a list of hoardings and order to remove all illegal hoardings. The details on the issue will be given in next GB."
Meanwhile, Raju Vaidya called for shifting the estate officer S P Khanna and appoint a new competent officer.

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