Govt wants firms to remove illegal hoardings

The issue of putting up hoarding is fast becoming a point of contention between the state government and the private companies. The argument against hoardings is that they make the city landscape look too crowded, distract road users, and cut off views. The government has warned many companies to take the hoardings off as they were not put up with prior permission.

Good hoardings like the RMKV campaign have huge fan followings in the city. In this blog alone, authors have many times put up photographs or commented on how creative and eye-pleasing these hoardings are.
I myself have looked at a number of hoardings with admiration. I quite liked Radio City’s campaign ‘Whatta fun’.
But in many suburbs hoarding have cropped up like mushrooms. It’s right that the government wants to take them off. What is stopping it in many cases are court orders obtained by the private companies against removal of these hoardings.
Yesterday, Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi chaired a multi-agency meeting consisting of his legal experts and senior officials from the bureaucracy. It was decided that the illegal hoarding will be removed and appropriate legal action would be taken by the administration to this end.
This move is to be welcome especially as the government is doing this as part of the beautification programme of the city.

7 Comments so far

  1. Sunil (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 5:00 pm

    While the Goverment’s idea regarding illegal hoardings in the city is ceratinly welcome, what about the political hoardings that stick out like a sore thumb all over the city!!! They are everywhere and ain many cases poses a nuisance and a road hazard. What is the Goverement’s take on these, I wonder.

  2. PlaneMad (unregistered) on September 1st, 2007 @ 12:35 am

    I agree, its those politcal posters that are a real eyesore. and i wonder if they pay any tax for that.

  3. Ramesh Natarajan (unregistered) on September 1st, 2007 @ 4:33 am

    The political posters makes the city more uglier than any other hoardings.

    Ramesh,Global Indian

  4. little Ram (unregistered) on September 2nd, 2007 @ 5:09 pm

    I am really sceptical about this. Chennai has no city scape to speak of with the density of hoardings contributing to what I can only term as visual pollution. I am also concerned about the usurpation of footpaths and the lack of proper safety regulations governing hoardings. I hope we do not have to witness a disaster one day to goad everyone into action.

  5. Thad E. Ginathom (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2007 @ 3:04 am

    A disaster wouldn’t goad anyone into action. It would just be the day’s even and forgotten next day.

    These things do get blown over. It is obvious that they are dangerous. The actual disaster would make no difference because govt here does not care about people or safety.

    And the political faces will be the last to be removed.

  6. nandhu (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 6:54 pm

    the order clearly states that political hoarding will have to go to. political hoarding can be put up only three days prior to an event, with permission, and have to be removed two days after it. if implemented, this law will ensure a clearer skyscape.

  7. Pisipati Sriram (unregistered) on September 13th, 2007 @ 5:25 pm

    Huge unipole advertisements that dot everywhere in cities and towns and precariously hanging billboards and signboards tied to electrical poles pose a danger to the lives of people passing by on roads.

    At least four people lost their lives in the last few months in Hyderabad when the huge ads on unpoloes and billboards precariously perched on buildings, shoping malls, multiplexes, came crashing down when heavy winds and rains lashed the city.

    Apart from posing serious danger to the limbs and lives of people, hoardings arranged on buildings, malls, street corners and in fact anywhere and everywhere, permission for which is given by the respective civic bodies, distract attention of vehicle drivers and cause accidents. Often the unipoles arranged at ther edge of compound walls of private and public buildings project on to the public roads and airspace.

    Somehow this rampant encroachment of public roads and airspace is escaping the keen eyes and attention of Civic bodies which go about removing encroachments on footpaths and public places by petty vendors pushcarts etc with renewed vigour and enthusiasm.

    Govt’s decision to remove illegal hoardings is a right step to make the city skyline clear from the presence of ugly boards that may fall on wary passengers. Till structural engineers and local area resident welfare committees approve, permission for hoardings have to be kept in abeyance.

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