Civic body says no new political hoardings
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Even as its drive against illegal hoardings, banners and posters continues, the civic administration has decided not to permit fresh political hoardings. It will, however, give permits to cultural and religious hoardings, albeit on case-to-case basis, said a civic official.
"We will not to allow any political hoardings until the new policy on the same is implemented. This will take around two months. Those responsible for putting up any illegal hoardings will be penalised and prosecuted," said additional municipal commissioner Mohan Adtani. Those who put up such posters could be party workers or even senior leaders and corporators, who put up banners or hoardings, either welcoming or giving wishes to their party heads, explained an official.
As per Prevention of Defacement of Property Act, 1995, a person can be fined Rs 2,000 or face a three-month imprisonment or both. Besides, as per Section 328 of Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act, 1888, an offender can be penalised in the range of Rs 1,000-Rs 5,000.
BMC removed over 5,000 illegal banners and posters on Thursday, a day after Bombay High Court directed it to take action.
As per data provided by the civic body, the highest number of banners were removed from G North Ward, which covers Dadar, Matunga and Mahim and sees high political activity as it is home to headquarters of parties such as Shiv Sena and MNS.
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