Mumbai: Toughening its stand on illegal hoardings mushrooming across the state, the Bombay High Court today directed municipal corporations and district councils to remove them within a day.
The court also directed the civic bodies to issue notice to the person whose name or picture is printed on the billboard.
A division bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and A P Bhangale had taken suo moto cognisance of the matter after perusing a compliance report submitted by the chief of Satara municipal corporation indicating that they have removed all unauthorised hoardings in Satara within a week.
"If Satara municipal corporation can do it in a week then the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) with all its infrastructure should be in a position to do it within 24 hours," the bench said.
Irked by the BMC lawyer S M Modale seeking time to file an affidavit, Justice Khanwilkar said, "We don't want affidavit. We want you (BMC) to take action and then inform us about it. Everywhere we are seeing hoardings defacing the city's skyline. Majority of these banners are of political parties."