|The anti-encroachment squad carried out the drive in Camp area including M G Road|
In a major drive against advertisement hoardings, the anti-encroachment squad of the Pune Cantonment Board (PCB), on Friday, dismantled 35 such hoardings falling within their limits.
Terming them illegal for various reasons, the PCB’s anti-encroachment squad swung into action during early morning hours and brought down large commercial hoardings in the commercial areas like Main Street (Mahatma Gandhi Road), Pune-Solapur Road, East Street, Centre Street and Dastur Meher Road.
According to officers of the anti-encroachment squad, those who had erected these alleged unauthorised hoardings had the backing of some elected PCB members.
Considering the huge financial benefits, as a advertisement hoarding earns anywhere between Rs 1 to 1.5 lakh monthly as lease amount for the agency, it becomes a lucrative proposition for the elected members and the advertising agencies to erect hoardings without following the procedures.
The day-long drive was initiated by PCB’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) K V Nagireddy, who took charge earlier this month. Officials, who supervised the demolition drive, said that the PCB had taken action against the unauthorised hoardings.
“We pulled down approximately 35 hoardings erected along all the major street crossings and prominent locations. The newly-appointed CEO has ordered that all illegal structures be dismantled completely as the process of inviting fresh tenders will be initiated shortly,” said one official who refused to be named.
Nagireddy, however, refused to comment on the drive when contacted by Pune Mirror.
Activist Anil Jagtap, who has lodged an official complaint with the PCB against illegal hoardings, said that there was no proper mechanism to monitor the space for hoardings and its allocation in the PCB.
“We have asked the board authorities to verify the permitted size of the hoarding and the actual size which is erected. Besides, many hoardings had been erected illegally without permission from the PCB resulting in serious loss of revenue,” he said.
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