GHAZIABAD: The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has written to the district magistrates of Ghaziabad, Hapur, Meerut and Gautam Budh Nagar to take action by directing the municipal corporations and other ULBs under their jurisdiction to remove unauthorised hoardings and outdoor advertisements from national highways as well as from roadside green belts and central verges after a complaint was made by Ghaziabad resident Sushil Raghav and one another. The complaint cited banning of such hoardings by the EPCA and an NHAI circular that said that these cannot be fixed.
Raghav said that due to such unauthorized billboards and hoardings dotting the national & state highways as well as city roads, there is always the risk of accidents due to distraction caused to the motorists and risk of such hoardings falling down on them or others. He said that only directional indicators be allowed on highways.
Earlier, the Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam under the erstwhile Municipal Commissioner, Dinesh Chandra Singh ahd also taken against some outdoor advertising and BOT firms after a similar complaint was made to them.
The letter by Raghav states that the hoarding mafia had taken over the important highways and roads and urgent action was required to be taken against them. It is not the first time Raghav had made such a complaint. He said: “Due to lack of monitoring and callous attitude of officials the hoarding mafia is back in action after a while.”