Hyderabad: The vigilance department of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) fined zonal commissioner of Khairatabad P. Pravinya Rs. 10,000 on 17 February for unauthorised banners at Golconda Fort.

On the occasion of Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s birthday, two banners were put up near Golconda Fort. One was tied to a fence and the other was tied to an electric pole. The Telugu posters wished KCR on his 66th birthday and also urged citizens to plant saplings as the programme of ‘Each One, Plant One’. The poster also carried the GHMC and Telangana government logos. Acting on a complaint by a Twitter user, TG Citizen, the directorate of enforcement vigilance and disaster management issued an e-challan to the zonal commissioner of Khairatabad.

Meanwhile, speaking to NewsMeter Pravinya said, “Why will we put out illegal banners? Moreover, I am unaware of the fine. I will check what the issue is.”

It is to be noted that similar posters were seen in various parts of the city.

On Saturday, the department slapped a fine of Rs. 5,000 on the minister for animal husbandry, fisheries and cinematography, Talasani Srinivas, for putting up unauthorised hoarding at Necklace Road circle in Khairatabad. The minister soon took to Twitter to say that he paid the fine and the poster was also removed.

The vigilance department launched an app called CEC to report illegal hoardings, improper disposal of construction, debris, and littering. Later, to include public participation, a Twitter handle was created. People tagged the handle by posting pictures and the location of illegal posters. Based on those details, the department developed an e-challan. The director of enforcement and vigilance, Vishwajit Kambati, said, “On an average, we receive around 30-40 complaints every day through Twitter. This social media handle has been linked to already existing CEC app, to manage the complaints.”

Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter as a "Factcheck Freelancer". A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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