Jorhat, June 6: The Jorhat Municipal Board has decided to crack down on unauthorised posters, hoardings, banners in the municipal areas of the town.
The move is aimed at keeping the town clean and also maintain an aesthetic sense.
Board chairman Prasanta Bora said in recent times there has been haphazard sticking of posters on walls of government and private properties as well as on electric poles and road dividers, which has made the town look shabby.
He said most posters were advertisements about products, coaching classes, garment fairs, courses run by private educational institutes and others informing people about agitation programmes by certain organisations.
Bora said putting up such posters in large numbers in areas chosen by people themselves without obtaining the board’s permission was illegal, as they have already notified areas where such advertisements can be put up.
“Many people have complained to us that posters were pasted on their boundary walls by some organisations, which makes the houses look shabby from outside and in some cases, the paint on the walls was also damaged,” he said.
The chairman said in many cases, banners and hoardings were put up at traffic points making it difficult for two-wheeler and car drivers to see the road ahead.
Bora said most of the time posters, banners or hoardings are being put up at night by the parties concerned to avoid the attention of civic body officials.
He said the board has requested the police department to ask its personnel on duty during night to keep a watch on such activities.
“We have asked them to request for production of permission given by the civic body, if they come across persons involved in such activity,” the chairman said.
Bora said the board staff have already started tearing up posters and bringing down banners and hoardings, for which permission has not been obtained.
He said a few organisations have been fined Rs 500 each for unauthorised pasting of posters in the municipal area.
He said the board would not grant permission to put up banners, hoardings and posters in certain areas to maintain a clean environment in the town.
“To maintain cleanliness and hygiene, we have asked all business establishments to put up waste baskets in their shops and promote use of dustbins,” Bora said.
The civic body will impose a fine of Rs 100 daily against violation of the rule.
The chairman said similar fines of different categories would be imposed on those violating the ban on all kinds of plastic, which came into effect yesterday.