SMC removes unauthorized banners, posters

The campaign was carried at Karan Nagar, Dalgate, Habba Kadal Fateh Kadak, Chanapora, Batamaloo and its adjacent areas.

Srinagar, Publish Date: Dec 14 2017 12:43AM | Updated Date: Dec 14 2017 12:43AM
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Acting tough against the defacement of public and private property in the city, Srinagar municipal corporation (SMC) Thursday removed the illegal banners and posters at various places in the Srinagar city.

A team of officials led by SMC chief sanitation officer Muhammad Akbar and SMC chief revenue officer Muhammad Sayeed Nissar removed hundreds of banners and posters which were erected unauthorizedly.

The campaign was carried at Karan Nagar, Dalgate, Habba Kadal Fateh Kadak, Chanapora, Batamaloo and its adjacent areas.

The SMC authorities had announced that it would start removing illegal posters, advertisements and banners from the public and private property.

“The authorities had already issued an order that defacement of roads and walls in city is a grave violation as per the municipal corporation act 2000. Today we acted and removed hundreds of banners and posters,” said Muhammad Akbar, SMC chief sanitation officer.

“It has been found that some individual and business unit holders and various other agencies are involved in defacement of city by way of fixing hoardings, banners, drawings on walls, shops, roof top buildings, which also includes advertisement slogans on shutters of shops which is creating defacement of City landscape and thus constitutes offence under section 85,115,116 of the Municipal Corporation Act 2000,” he said.

He added that all the ward officers have been directed to identify all such individuals, agencies who are involved in this illegal act. “The individuals and agencies found involved in this illegal act shall be fined and challenged on spot,” he added.

He said that the continuation of this offence may invite imprisonment of six months.

In most of the city areas, apart from commercial advertisements and hoardings, pro-freedom graffiti had surfaced on walls and shop shutters.

Commissioner SMC Riyaz Ahmad Wani said that municipal wards officers have been authorized to penalize the violators on spot. “Teams have been formed for each municipal ward headed by concerned municipal ward officer. These officers will be assisted by their respective subordinates,” he added.

“This is ensure that signage providing public information are not defaced and there are no illegal advertisements, hoardings or posters at chowks, on roads, in public places and private buildings,” he said.

He added that these special teams have been authorized to remove the defacement. SMC authorities have also appealed to NGOs and welfare clubs to create awareness against defacement of the public and private properties in the city.

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