HC holds Panchkula MC ‘guilty’ of not removing billboards

Expressing disapproval over non-compliance of court directions, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday observed that the Panchkula MC is 'prima facie guilty' of not complying with court directions pertaining to the removal of signboards, hoardings and advertisement boards facing the highway on the main road and side roads.

The court directed the Panchkula MC to file an affidavit explaining the non-compliance and asked the Mohali police, National Highway Authority of India and concerned authorities to file an affidavit submitting a traffic plan for the newly constructed bus stand in Zirakpur.

The court asked the authorities to ensure a proper entry and exit for the bus stand to ensure there is no traffic chaos.

Also, the court questioned why similar arrangements were not being provided for buses coming from New Delhi as has been done for buses ferrying passengers for New Delhi.

The high court also showed discontent with the revised arrangement made by the police and MC, according to which passengers were made to board buses a few meters away from the Zirakpur highway.

The court, on the last hearing, had ordered that buses should pick passengers from a service lane and that no bus shall be allowed to park on the main carriageway of the highway.

In a related development, the Chandigarh Home Secretary Anil Kumar has filed an affidavit giving details of installation of CCTV cameras.

In his affidavit, the Home Secretary has submitted that 'with regard to proposal regarding installation of CCTV cameras in various places in Chandigarh, approval has been accorded for the preparation of specification of equipment and RFP (request for proposal) as well as function of SPMU (State Project Management Unit), who oversees the implementation of project by one single company/firm chosen through single transparent tender bidding process as end to end solution'.

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