SMC announces drive against unauthorised hoardings

SRINAGAR: The Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) Tuesday issued directives to end polythene menace, discourage defacement of the city, evacuation of roadside encroachment besides reviewing the sanitation drives, a corporation spokesperson said.

These fresh directions and unrolling of new measures came during a meeting of SMC Commissioner GN Qasba with officers of the corporation, including the ward officers. The commissioner took stock of functioning on a number of fronts and assessed the ground situation.
To make Srinagar city polythene free, the meeting discussed strategy for intensifying the anti polythene drive.
While issuing fresh orders, the commissioner SMC directed all the ward officers to intensify anti-polythene drive. They were asked to conduct frequent raids and market inspections every day in the nook and corner of their wards.
The spokesperson said SMC shall organize and display the exhibition of seized polythene of all the wards at its central office here at Karanagar on April 22.
The ward officers have been directed to submit affidavits wherein they shall mention the status of their working with regard to polythene seizure, raids, inspections, prosecutions and fine imposed and shall also put in writing to make their wards free of polythene.
Taking strong note of the defacement by unauthorized hoarding, banners, kiosks, the commissioner issued orders for their removal.
He also directed white washing of wall paintings advertisements of various telecom and other private companies at an earliest as the same have given the city a shabby look.
“All those companies and advertising agencies which does not refrain from such mischievous activities shall be immediately taken to task under law,” said Qasba.
The sanitation also remained at the top of the agenda for Saturday’s meeting. In order to bring more efficiency in door to door garbage collection and removal of open garbage spots in the city, Qasba said the SMC shall be pressing 20 more hopper vehicles. These hoppers were recently been procured and pressed into the service in various wards including Humhama, Hyderpora, Lal chowk, Nishat, Hazratbal, Karanagar etc.
Commissioner asked all vendors encroaching the foothpaths to desist from setting up shops or hand-driven carts from Jehangeer Chowk to Dalgate.