Raising hoardings to be a criminal offence

To check the increasing practice of defacing the cities, besides impacting the revenue of municipalities, the Punjab government will soon enact a law to make the raising of illegal hoardings a criminal offence.

Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, while interacting with mediapersons after inspecting the work on the road along Sirhind canal, said that the cabinet had already agreed to the new advertisement policy under which electronic bill boards would dot the cities. "The cabinet will soon approve a law for criminal provisions for putting up illegal hoardings. The government has also decided to widen all the roads along the canals in the state, with a view to upgrade the archaic road network, besides providing better commuting facilities, especially to rural commuters," the deputy CM said.

He added that he issued directions to expedite work on Ropar-Neelon-Doraha canal side and to conclude the project within the stipulated time period, besides maintaining the quality of work.

He informed that he had already approved the four laning of 10 important roads for Rs 1,357 crore, and asked the department to put four laning of Ropar-Chamkaur Sahib-Neelon-Doraha Road, along Sirhind canal, Kotkapura-Muktsar Road, Batala-Mehta-Beas Road, Kapurthala-Nakodar-Phillaur Road, among others, on fast-track and directed for its completion within the next two years. PWD Minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon also accompanied Badal during visit.

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