hording-1Does a municipal commissioner have the authority to give permissions of hoardings in a city? Well, according to city resident Adv Rahul Thakur, who will fight a PIL in Mumbai High Court against hoardings in Navi Mumbai, the Municipal Corporation has discretionary duties but it is the mandatory duty of the Municipal Corporation to keep the city streets clean of hoardings. Stating that political parties are looking for an excuse to raise hoardings starting from wishing on birthdays to greeting politicians visiting the city, Rahul Thakur added that they are dangerous distraction for pedestrians and motorists. The PIL further demanded that persons who erect illegal hoardings were liable for imprisonment up to three months and a fine of Rs 2000 under the Maharashtra Prevention of Defacement of Property Act, 1995. According to Rahul Thakur, Municipal Commissioner does not have power to provide permissions to put up hoardings in the city and that every hoarding should be removed. In the PIL, the petitioners further mentioned that according to NMMC’s GDCR, hoardings are not to be permitted within a distance of 100 metres from the junction of intersection of a road but one can see that every junction of the city has about ten hoardings in all the different directions. Meanwhile, the court has ordered the state government and other civic bodies to respond to PIL and state their reasons for allowing such hoardings. With cameraperson Vikrant Baile, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.

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