Hyderabad: Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) slapped a fine of Rs 4.15 lakh on a supporter of newly elected mayor G Vijaylaxmi for putting up an illegal advertisement to celebrate her victory. G Vijaylaxmi supporters had put up a banner at Putlibowli area of Koti.
Following a complaint, Enforcement, Vigilance, and Disaster Management (EV&DM) wing of GHMC fined Atish Agarwal for putting up unauthorized advertisement element above 15-feet.
On February 12, the complainant tweeted to the EV&DM team about the illegal advertisement banner on the unipoles.
Hello @Director_EVDM @CEC_EVDM, Can you please convey Mr. Atish Agarwal "special thanks" on behalf of the first citizen for dirtying the city! @GadwalvijayaTRS Location: Himayatnagar X Roads @KTRTRS @SomeshKumarIAS @SmitaSabharwal @arvindkumar_ias pic.twitter.com/L4FfjJqtqy— Robin Zaccheus (@RobinZaccheus) February 12, 2021
Hello @Director_EVDM @CEC_EVDM, Can you please convey Mr. Atish Agarwal "special thanks" on behalf of the first citizen for dirtying the city! @GadwalvijayaTRS Location: Himayatnagar X Roads @KTRTRS @SomeshKumarIAS @SmitaSabharwal @arvindkumar_ias pic.twitter.com/L4FfjJqtqy
The EV&DM team registered the complaint and generated an e-challan on February 13. They imposed a fine on both parties.
The violators had put up illegal advertisements without permission from the competent authorities which is an offence under Sections 420,421 of the GHMC Act and as per GO MS No. 68 dated April 20, 2020, stated EV&DM in the e-challan.
According to the Directorate of EV&DM, the use of flashing lights or non-static illumination in the advertisements, size of advertisements or name board exceeding 15 percent of the frontage of the building, use of moving, rotating, or variable message advertising devices without any written permission from the competent authority is an offence committed under the Sections 420, 421 of the GHMC Act.