By: Pune Pulse
September 16, 2023
Pune: A collaborative effort between the Defence Estate Officer (DEO) Pune Circle, Pune Cantonment Board (PCB), and Dehu Road Cantonment Board (DCB) led to the removal of three illegal hoardings in Pune Cantonment and six in Dehu Road Cantonment.
Subrat Pal, CEO of PCB, disclosed that six large hoardings were removed, three of which were taken down by the violator. These hoardings were erected on the defense land without proper authorization. Amit Mane Defence Estate Officer, informed that the illegal hoardings had been present for a significant period. The demolished structures, situated at Napier Hotel, Near SGS Mall, and near ISKCON Temple in PCB, measured 15 x 20 feet, while those found in Dehu Bazar, DCB, measured 8 x 10 feet. After discovering these structures, notices were sent to the owners on Friday, urging them to immediately remove the structures. The hoarding owners will be issued notices for the loss of rent incurred, and a thorough investigation will be conducted.
Civic officials have revealed that the hoardings, which were erected over two years ago, generated an annual revenue of approximately Rs 20 lakh, with the total revenue amounting to crores. Besides avoiding rent, the illegal hoardings were also utilizing unauthorized electricity to illuminate these structures. Pune has witnessed a significant number of hoarding accidents resulting in multiple casualties in the past year. The installation of illegal hoardings is often inadequately monitored and poses a significant risk to human life.