The Corporation says if the companies fail to pay up, their offices will be sealed.

Rapido Hathway Naturals fined lakhs of rupees for illegal hoardings across HyderabadA disaster management staff removes a TRS party leader's illegal flex
news Administration Sunday, January 19, 2020 - 18:10

As many as seven companies were penalised by the Enforcement, Vigilance and Disaster Management (EVDM) department of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) on Friday for erecting illegal hoardings across the city. The Corporation says if the companies fail to pay up, their offices will be sealed.

The EVDM according to their press statement penalised the British Institute Of Spoken English for Rs 33,62,000; Rapido Bike Taxi for Rs 13,79,000; Natural Hair Treatment for Rs 29,44,000; Venkat jobs in MNC for Rs 29,44,000; Bill Soft Technologies for Rs 9,38,000; ACT Fibernet for Rs 14,19,000; and Hathway Broadband of Rs 8,13,000. The EVDM director Viswajit Kampati also warned that if the companies failed to pay the fine, they will be sealed.

The action by EVDM was taken based on complaints received through the Central Enforcement Cell (CEC) app. The app has so far recorded 44,403 violations and Rs 14 crore worth fines have been levied in the process. The GHMC claims to have removed 8.6 lakh wall posters, banners, flexes, cutouts etc from across the city.

Soon after the EVDM tweeted out pictures of the disaster management staff taking out hoardings, several city-based activists began tweeting about various hoardings that the GHMC has allegedly failed to take action against.

Akshay Kumar, a city-based social activist says he even filed an RTI to find out if a hoarding on government land next to his residence was legal, "The GHMC responded saying that no permission was given for erecting the hoarding. No fines have been levied for that illegal hoarding however," says Akshay who filed the RTI in September 2019.

The EVDM officials were unavailable for comment.

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