Officials turn a blind eye

unauthorised plastic flexis
Mayor N Narender meeting with ad representatives. Photo: By Arrangement

Warangal Urban: Despite directions of the municipal administration and urban development department, the authorities of Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation (GWMC) are turning a blind eye to the unauthorised plastic flexis and banners in the city.

Though they announced that they would take action by imposing penalty against the people who are putting up unauthorised flexis, banners and making wall writings, their steps are not able to deter people from putting up the banners.

Meanwhile, officials have not even fixed the tariff for the penalty to be collected from those who violate the norms. It may be recalled here that the officials of the town planning had been asked to formulate the norms in connection with the unauthorised flexis, banners and wall writings at the earliest, so as to table before the standing committee and get the nod during a meeting on December 28, 2016.

Commissioner Shruthi Ojha asked the officials to consult the officials of other municipalities that are already imposing fines before formulating the norms. But, so far, the officials have not fixed the charges of fine to be collected from the people or ad agencies that erect the flexis and hoardings without permission.

In view of this, Mayor N Narender held a meeting with the officials of town planning and representatives of the outdoor ad agencies on Monday, where he directed the officials to identify the unauthorised banners and hoardings. He even asked them to take immediate steps to remove and collect fine.

Citing the High Court orders and directions from the State government, Narender wondered why the ad agencies are still using the plastic banners and flexis while the common public is trying to avoid the usage of plastic bags.

Minister for Municipal Administration (MAUD) KT Rama Rao also made it clear that unauthorised flexis, banners and wall writings cannot be allowed and cases will be booked against violators in the State.


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