The city corporation has decided to crack the whip to get the illegal
hoardings and banners removed from roadsides. A corporation official said notices were being served on the owners of properties, where the illegal banners and hoardings were put up.
“While some of them have come forward to remove the hoardings themselves, the remaining ones are being cleared by corporation workers. Expenses involved in removing the hoardings will be collected from the people who put them up.”
The official said licence was a must under the Tamil Nadu Urban Local Bodies Licensing of Hoardings and Levy and Collection of Advertisement Tax Rules, 2003, to put up an advertisement in public places. The district collector is the only competent authority to issue the licence.
However, the practice of putting up banners and hoardings, some of the giant ones, without getting the required approval is rampant in the city. A town planning official (central zone) said, corporation commissioner Raja Gopal Sunkara had instructed them to remove all the illegal banners and hoardings and the drive was on for the past two days.
“We have cleared around 10 illegal hoardings and banners so far. We are noticing the trend of illegal hoardings reappearing in some places. We have warned against such a practice. Officials in other zones are also involved in clearing illegal hoardings.”
Another official said the smaller advertisement boards that were fixed to poles on roadsides were also being removed. “We have removed more than 30 such advertisement boards from the roads next to the district collector office and police commissioner office recently.”
These banners and hoardings will make disturbance for commuters. People who wish to put up hoardings or banners should get a proper licence from the district collector.
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