Political hoardings: HC asks Shimla MC for a status report

Shimla, the municipal corporation in question, was ordered to give a further report by the high court of Himachal Pradesh on Thursday . Shimla, the municipal corporation in question, was ordered to give a further report by the high court of Himachal Pradesh on Thursday .

Shimla, the municipal corporation in question, was ordered to give a further report by the high court of Himachal Pradesh on Thursday, relating to unauthorised affixation of advertisement and hoardingsposters in public spaces and destruction of public property.The court has been compelled to issue the additional status report within two weeks and scheduled to start the investigation on July 21.On a petition filed by one Anil Kumar, a Division Bench composed of Chief Justice A A A Sayed and Justice Sabina delivered these orders.Respondents, including the chief secretary, deputy commissioner, and Shimla MC, have allowed political parties to install their hoardings in total violation of Rule 9 of 2007 notification, which states that no advertisement hoarding may be permitted in the Heritage Zone, particularly on the one side up to the Regal Building (Lakkar Bazar), and on the other side along Ridge road to Mall via Rani Jhansi Park and U S Club road upto U S Club Gate within two weeks.

The MC commissioner, who was also present in the court, had informed the court that notices to the inflictors were sent and that unauthorized hoardingsposters were being taken down.