Jamshedpur: The district administration on Thursday started an intensive drive against illegal hoardings in the city, citing distraction to motorists and obstruction to pedestrians using footpaths.
The Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee ( JNAC ) civic body removed over 100 illegal billboards from the busy sections of the city. The step was taken following directive from East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal. Banners from different roundabouts at Sakchi and Sitaramdera were removed. Drive was also carried at near Howrah bridge in Sakchi.
The drive which began at 11.30 am and continued till the filing of report saw Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC)—the local urban body – along with Sakchi police pressing into service a JCB and gas cutters along with 25 workers to pull down advertisements, glowsign boards and banners put up illegally mostly by shopkeepers announcing various schemes for the festive sale.
Around 100 such advertisements and glowsign boards were pulled down. “The drive has begun in Kalimati Road and would continue in other parts of Sakchi market and once we have completed the drive in Sakchi we will run similar drive at other commercial hubs of Bistupur, Golmuri, Mango, Jugsalai and Kadma,” said SDO Dhalbhum Alok Kumar who was leading the drive.
“Besides posing danger to the public, these hoardings are hung without the permission or knowledge of JNAC. The city had many huge hoardings of every sort a range of organisation, from residential associations to NGOs. Three years down the line, the number of flexes had only increased.
“We have removed hoardings from traffic junctions and footpaths. The drive will continue until we get all the hoardings removed,” said an official.
“The drive will continue. Today we have removed small sized hoardings and in the next few days we would be pressing into service JCB excavator to pull down the big-sized banners and hoardings placed on the roads approaching the roundabouts,” said JNAC official.
By removing the illegal hoardings and banners, JNAC is warning that those who put up these banners will have to face the legal action, he said.
Officials said relocation of such hoardings has also been prohibited. This action has been taken to curb the mushroom growth of signboards and hoardings which have ruined the face of the city and cause difficulty in visuals along roads.