It appears that the Bombay High Court’s orders have fallen on deaf ears. In February 2013, the High Court had ordered that political hoardings shouldn’t be displayed anywhere in the city but despite that illegal hoardings are still a common sight.
The MNS has put up illegal political banners in and around Currey Road station. Pic/ Emmanual Karbhari
Around 50 hoardings including those of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’s (MNS) Chief Raj Thackeray, inviting people to join his rally were spotted in the stretch between Mahim to Dadar alone.
Similar ones could be seen outside Currey Road station, Parel station, Sion-Panvel highway, JVPD, Andheri and Western Express Highway.
As a solution to the problem, HC asked Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to pull down illegal hoardings all over the state to avoid trouble for pedestrians and assist smooth flow of traffic.
The BMC claims to have pulled down most but the results are for everyone to see. Speaking to mid-day Sharad Ughade, Assistant municipal commissioner of south ward said, “As of now we have pulled down vast number of hoardings in Dadar area. Strict action will be taken against the political parties who install hoardings.”
After addressing a public rally at Somaiya Grounds, MNS Chief Raj Thackeray instructed his party workers to remove all MNS banners from across the city by Sunday.