By Accommodation Times News Service
BMC had also created a website for receiving complaints on illegal hoardings
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) informed the Bombay High Court on Thursday that it had fully complied with the court’s earlier orders of removing illegal hoardings to ensure not a single illegal hoarding exists by January 26.
Claiming “100 per cent compliance”, senior counsel Anil Sakhare, appearing for BMC, said it had removed 15,021 banners and hoardings last year and 127 FIRs had been registered in this regard. BMC had also created a website for receiving complaints on illegal hoardings.
A Bench of Justice A S Oka and Justice C V Bhadang were hearing two Public Interest Litigations (PILs) alleging that political parties, in total disregard to rules and laws, had put up illegal hoardings and banners all over the state. Uday Warunjakar, appearing for NGO SuSwaraj Foundation, one of the petitioners, told the court several illegal hoardings were put up outside the Kurla court to welcome Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who had come to appear in a case.
Acknowledging that some municipal corporations had complied with its orders substantially and provided for grievance redressal mechanism, the court said, “Some corporations have made grievances that political leaders are coming in the way of removal of illegal hoardings. In fact, some of them have devised other methods of displaying their photos on banners, which have logo of corporation on them.” The court directed the corporations to remove such hoardings.
In case of obstruction by political parties, the court directed that the commissioners shall file an affidavit specifying cases. The same can also be given in sealed envelopes.
In the last hearing, the court had threatened to issue contempt notices against municipal commissioners but refrained from issuing such notices stating that some progress had been made with regard to removing illegal hoardings.
The court had also directed the corporations to carry out a special drive to remove illegal hoardings beginning December 5 up to Republic Day.
“The objective is to ensure that all corporations clear all illegal hoardings by Republic Day,” the Bench said