Indore: Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) has asked railways to remove hoardings from its properties in the city within seven days else it will send its team to do the needful. “We will also charge for removing hoardings from the premises of railways,” municipal commissioner Ashish Singh said in a letter addressed to Ratlam railway Division.
In the letter, Singh stated that the IMC has identified some 20 hoardings which are installed on railway over-bridges which need to be removed as they are obstructing free flow of vehicular movement. The hoardings identified by the IMC are installed at Mainkbagh railway over bridge (ROB), Rajkumar ROB, Shastri ROB and MR-10 ROB.
The IMC had previously also written to the railways regarding these hoardings and requested the latter to remove them but to no avail. This time, Singh has cited Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court’s order dated February 21 which clearly states that municipal corporation has authority to remove hoardings from the properties of railways.
Some two years ago, the IMC had sent a notice to the railways asking it to remove the hoardings on ROBs which are obstructing free flow of vehicular traffic. But the railways overlooked the notice stating that it’s a Central organisation and the IMC can’t act against it.
To this, the IMC had moved the High Court. The railways had argued before the court that it is free to install hoardings over railway property and by no statute of imagination, the hoardings over the railway property can be removed by the municipal corporation.
But the court ruled in favour of the IMC stating that the Indian railways does not stand proper footings merely because it is an organisation of Union of India. “The law of the land as laid down has to be applicable to same force and vigour in the case of railways also. If the hoardings are creating disturbance in the safe traffic movement or they are on the roadsides or they are hazardous, they have to be removed,” the court had observed.
Citing this order, the municipal commissioner stated that he would send IMC team to remove hoardings on railways property if it did not remove them itself in a week. He also stated that the hoardings would be removed on the expenses of railways and seized also.