Imphal: Manipur Home department has issued an order disallowing statues, advertising hoardings, signboards, banners to put up in public places, including government buildings and structures, national highways, state highways, roads, etc without obtaining prior permission from the state government.
The order was issued on Thursday. It said that it has been brought to the notice of the state government that statues, advertising hoardings, signboards, banners etc have been displayed in public places without obtaining prior permission from the state government or competent authority.
In the recent past, there have been instances of directions of the High Court of Manipur as passed in a Public Interest Litigation filed by one Khuraijam Devendro Singh against the state of Manipur and others, directing the concerned state authorities to remove the hoardings, signboards etc from the national and state highways and ordering that any officer found responsible for non-removal or erection of advertising hoardings and signboards etc will be personally liable for action in accordance with the law, the order said.
The statues, advertising hoardings, signboards banners etc on the highways and roads have caused lots of inconvenience and distraction of mind to the general public. It has also been found that such statues, advertising hoardings, signboards, banners etc are also displayed and put up in private places with contents, which are considered objectionable and not acceptable under any circumstances, it added.
However, this order shall not be applicable in case of advertising hoardings, signboards, banners etc displayed on private properties, subject to appropriateness of the content in such hoardings and displays in terms of the likely implication thereof on law and order and security of the state. Owners of the land/property shall be held responsible for any hoarding or display put up on private property/land, for any action sought to be taken under law in this regards, it said.
The DCs/district Magistrates have been to remove all such hoardings, structures and displays put up at public places falling under their respective jurisdiction immediately in public interest without any further delay.
They have also been directed to remove those hoardings, sign boards, banners etc with the objectionable contents (if any) put up at private places by issue of necessary notices to the owners of the private lands/properties falling under their respective jurisdiction within 15 days as may be applicable under the relevant applicable laws of the land in this regard.
Any person or group of persons or society or organization found violating the above instructions shall be liable for prosecution and any lawful action that may be taken up for the time being in force, and necessary legal action as deemed fit shall be initiated against thern, the Home department cautioned.