Hyderabad: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has issued a fine of Rs 5,000 against TRS Member R Anand Babu Goud. The member posted a banner on a road signboard in Bowenpally check post near MMR junction, wishing happy birthday to Mynampally Rohith. The latter is TRS Malkajgiri MP Hanmanth Rao.

The Vigilance department issued a challan to Anand Babu on November 26. The officials fined Anand under Section 596 of the GHMC Act. The poster covered the signboard completely and acted as a hindrance to the people plying in that route, said the challan.

GHMC’s Vigilance department on November 18 began a drive to clear all unauthorised and illegal flexes/banner. For a week, the department cleared everything without issuing any penalty. Afterwards, the officials issued penalty on whoever posted unlawful banners.

While speaking to NewsMeter, Viswajeeth Kampati — Director of Vigilance, Enforcement and Disaster Management, GHMC — said, “Since we began this drive we have issued around 4,000 e-challans against illegal banners and have collected around Rs 3 crore as fines.”

Many TRS party members have previously raised such illegal banners. In October, a massive cutout of Serilingampally TRS MLA was installed at Alwyn X roads bus stop, and it was removed after a nearby resident filed a complaint.

Illegal banners have also caused fatal accidents. In September, a 23-year-old Subhashree died after a truck ran over her. She fell on the road when an AIADMK banner hit her.

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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