SC orders removal of illegal billboards within 15 days

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The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered removal of all heavy advertisement billboards erected on streets and public places in violation of the regulations, within a period of 15 days.

A bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, was hearing a case pertaining to illegal billboards at the court’s Karachi registry. Other members of bench included Justice Amir Hani Muslim and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain.

“The billboards which have been installed on public properties under any licence or lease should be uprooted by June 30 by the advertising agencies concerned. But, during this period, no permission should be granted by any of the authority in Karachi to install billboards on any portion of any public place,” the court’s order stated.

The bench clarified the term ‘public property’ will include roads, sidewalks, overhead bridges, underpasses, overhead pedestrian walkways, green belts, pedestrian lanes and nullahs (water drains) and no hoardings would be allowed there. However, it observed that traffic signs, which provide directions, are permissible on these locations but these should not be sponsored by private persons and products.

The court was of the view that installation of billboards on a public property is against the civil rights of citizens and that there is no law which authorizes the KMC, DMC, cantonment boards or any other agency to allow installation of hoardings on public property.

Earlier, Additional Attorney General (AAG) Salman Talibuddin submitted an interim report to the court reflecting that the meetings held in the office of the commissioner Karachi was to achieve city-wide uniformity for installation of billboards and hoardings. The AAG’s report reflected that all the stakeholders, who attended the meetings, proposed amendments in the respective by-laws.

The apex court directed AAG Salman Talibuddin to hold meetings with all the stakeholders to finalise the amendments in the proposed by-laws applicable beyond the public properties so that city-wide uniformity could be achieved and also the safety measures of the citizens should be ensured. It also directed the provincial advocate general to attend the meetings. The AAG was directed to submit report within one month.

It is pertinent to mention that directions of billboards’ removal came in the past also but it has not been complied with yet. In March 2016, the SC directed all the billboards installed at footpaths, greenbelts and over-head bridges to be removed. Earlier in August 2015, the top court directed 17 civic agencies including KMC, Defense Housing Authority, cantonment boards and Civil Aviation Authority to remove all the illegal hoardings and billboards but its directives have to be complied with ass yet.

 

 

 

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  1. The billboards which have been installed on public properties under any licence or lease should be uprooted by June 30 by the advertising agencies concerned. But, during this period, no permission should be granted by any of the authority in Karachi to install billboards on any portion of any public place.

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