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Kerala High Court issues strict orders to remove unauthorized OOH media

By Bhawana Anand - February 09, 2021

The apex body has issued notice to all the relevant official bodies in the state to follow directions and remove illegal media

In response to a writ petition filed in Kerala High Court, the Bench of Chief Justice S. Manikumar and Justice Shaji P. Chaly,has issued order to completely eradicate illegal media located under various jurisdictions in the state. 

The order states that all unauthorized arches, display boards, hoardings, placards, and banners with poles or frames, etc., fixed to and/or dug into the ground, which clutter highways, public streets, and pedestrian pavements, shall forthwith be removed. 

The court has issued an immediate notification to different authorities such as Secretaries to the Government, LSGD, PWD, State Highways and Heads of Departments, to issue appropriate instructions for effective implementation of the court orders and remove all unauthorized signboards, advertisements, pamphlets etc. The District Collectors shall act in accordance with the orders. 

The secretaries of Municipal Corporations and Municipalities in the state, and the secretaries of the Panchayats are directed to take steps to identify and remove unauthorized hoardings, banners, flex boards, temporary arches, posters, and other similar structure causing inconvenience to commuters. 

The Road Safety Commissioner/Transport Commissioner has also directed the concerned people to look into the damaging effect of roadside advertisements in light of the 'Policy on Roadside Advertisements' published by the Indian Road Congress, 1992. 

The High Court has issued notice for the submission of reports regarding removal of the above-mentioned unauthorized structures, outdoor hoardings / billboards by the concerned authorities under the respective enactments to the District Collectors every month.

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