It took an alert resident to take the matter of irregular and disturbing mobile hoardings to the High Court but Navi Mumbai authorities are yet to wake up to this menace. The Mumbai High Court has ordered that all mobile hoardings will be off roads till April 21 in Mumbai till the court will give its order on the issue. The question of allowing hoarding vans- which are parked on main roads-came up during the hearing of a PIL against illegal hoardings by city-based gynaecologist last month. The High Court had come down heavily on the BMC for allowing these vans on the roads, and said that henceforth no such vans would be permitted. But a few mobile advertising companies filed applications urging the court to reverse its order and the court did reverse its order after hearing the arguments of the other side. The HC however has asked concerned authorities to state how many hoarding vans have been allowed, the actual number of such vans on city roads, and whether any sites have been fixed for them to park. Navi Mumbai, however has no firm rules and laws for mobile hoarding vans. As a result at most places the mobile hoarding vehicles stand on the face of the roads and traffic causing distraction and obstruction to motorists. Off late the numbers are rising too. Unless the RTO, NMMC and Traffic Police coordinate and make a committee to check mobile hoarding vans, looks like Navi Mumbai too might go the Mumbai way. Sana Warsia – Navi Mumbai News.
December 10, 2009
February 3, 2017