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All ads, banners will be removed from electric poles: orders from SC

Faryal Nadeem Mar 10, 2017
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Karachi—Supreme Court on Thursday directs different agencies to remove all types of advertisements, publicity materials or banners from hoardings and electric poles. The court has warned against contempt proceedings if anyone fails to do so.

The three-judge bench expresses extreme displeasure over the order. The law gives only one year to remove the signboards and hoardings from all public, private and commercial properties. The bench comprises of Justices Faisal Arab and Qazi Faez Isa who states that according to their observation the publicity material is displayed on public and electric poles. The bench ordered that the companies or agencies must remove all banners on electric poles.

The bench ordered the concerned agencies to remove the structures in which advertisement was erected. The provincial agencies and respondent Federal will file the compliance report on March 14. The deputy commissioners of various districts direct to submit compliance reports.

According to the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation, the 17 agencies permit the installation of advertisements in the city. The Cantonment Board Faisal reports that at least 93 illegal ads were installed within the authority. However, the Pakistan Navy and Civil Aviation Authority, on the land owned by them installed 31 to 33 boards. 26 illegal signboards were mounted on the station headquarters and two on the PAF land and one on Pakistan Railways.

On 8 the March, directions were given to remove the illegal board’s otherwise excessive advertisement tax will be imposed by the committee on private outdoor ads.