Pune: PCMC Issues Notices to 357 Owners For Unauthorized Hoardings

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Pimpri Chinchwad: The Sky Sign and License Department of PCMC has initiated action against owners of 357 hoardings by issuing show cause notices.

Subhash Ingle, Deputy Commissioner of the Sky Sign and License Department, announced that unless a satisfactory response is provided, the non-compliant hoardings will be dismantled, and the affected areas will be taken into civic custody. The show cause notices have been prompted by a range of violations, including erecting oversized hoardings, displaying hoardings on both sides without proper authorization (despite permission being granted for only one side), and failing to exhibit a small board indicating the granted permission number.

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Likewise, stringent measures will be taken to address unauthorized hoardings. Ingle unequivocally stated that the city will not tolerate any unauthorized hoardings. Over the period from April 20 until now, a total of 168 illicit hoardings have been demolished. Among these, 95 were voluntarily removed by the owners, while civic authorities dismantled and seized the remaining 73 hoardings. The civic administration has generated a revenue of ₹2.30 crore from the sale of these dismantled materials. Additionally, out of the 281 cases involving illegal hoardings that were brought before the court, the civic body has successfully secured ₹4.19 crore in fees from 263 hoardings.

For those proprietors of hoardings who had resorted to legal action, the consequences are becoming more stringent. They will be compelled to pay five times the regular charges, alongside obtaining a valid license for their hoardings. Failure to comply with the fivefold charge will result in the demolition and confiscation of the respective hoardings, as reiterated by Ingle. Hoardings sited in crowded areas and unauthorized structures pose considerable risks to public safety; therefore, swift action will be taken to dismantle such hoardings.

Moreover, the proprietors of the buildings supporting these hoardings will be obligated to conduct a structural audit, with the concerned housing society incurring an additional license fee, Ingle emphasized.


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