n AMC's reluctance in removing illegal hoardings angers top cop
Commissioner of police (CP) Sanjay Kumar today telephoned city engineer M D Sonawane and chided him for failure of the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) in removing illegal hoardings and digital boards which are defacing beauty of the historic city.
The CP warned of approaching court against the AMC if it failed to take prompt action by removing all the illegal hoardings and filing police cases against the violators.
The police administration launched a drive to make the city free from illegal hoardings and posters, yesterday. Interestingly, the AMC did not volunteer to participate in the drive. The civic building inspectors seemed reluctant in lodging police cases against irresponsible individuals, business and social organisations displaying hoardings, posters and banners to promote themselves and their leaders. The civic authorities swung into action after the telephone of the CP.
Sonawane called an emergency meeting in the evening which was attended by executive engineer D P Kulkarni, estate officer S P Khanna and chief fire officer Shivaji Jhanjhan. The BIs were taken to task for not registering police complaints.
10 complaints against violators
The civic authorities lodged as many as 10 police complaints till late evening. Five complaints have been registered at Kranti Chowk, two at City Chowk and one each at Begumpura, Osmanpura and Jawaharnagar police stations. The section 29 of the Environment Protection Act, 1986, provides for penal action against the offenders for defacing the beauty of the city. The Supreme Court had also given guidelines in this regard. The responsibility of taking action rests solely with the AMC.
Two days ago, former President of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam was in the city, but not a single hoarding, poster or banner welcoming or extending wishes to him was displayed.
However, many illegal hoardings of one 'Bhau' have been displayed at different important places and circles in the city since past 10 days. Very few hoardings are legal. The digital posters of this 'Bhau' have become talk of the town as he is not educated. In fact, he is notorious for indulging in questionable activities.