New Delhi, Apr 3 : The Urban Development Department of Delhi Government has prepared a policy on removal of unauthorised advertisements/hoardings and initiated the enforcement of Delhi Prevention of Defacement of Property Act, 2007 with the approval of competent authority. The same has been filed in the Delhi High Court in the matter of Col Shivraj Kumar vs South Delhi Municipal Corporation and Others.
The Policy has the objective of removal of defacement as per the provisions of Delhi Prevention of Defacement of Property Act, 2007.
Defacement is of four types Posters, Banners, Writing on the Walls and Illegal Hoardings/Flexes/Digital Banners. In compliance of the orders of the Delhi High Court, a committee of the officers was constituted to frame a policy with the object of ensuring cleanliness of public places and especially to maintain public property as the provisions of Delhi Prevention of Defacement of Property Act, 2007.
The Principal Secretary (Urban Secretary) is the Chairman of the Committee with Commissioner, South DMC, Commissioner, North DMC, Commissioner, East DMC, Secretary, New Delhi Municipal Council, Chief Executive Officer, Delhi Cantonment Board, Additional Secretary (L&J), Principal Chief Engineer (PWD) and Deputy Commissioner of Delhi Police as other members. The Committee met twice in last month (March 2019) and had detailed discussion on the legal provisions, and present executive/enforcement action mechanism.
The competent authority has also given compounding powers to the Five Urban Local Bodies (ULB's). Existing defacement's as per the Act are to be removed by a Special Drive by all ULB's within 24 hours. Public places will be identified by ULB’s for displaying messages of political and social nature. Three sites per Ward may be identified by ULB’s. The ULB’s will finalise the details of authorised sites along with terms and conditions and make a policy for them within two months after completion of General Election, 2019.
Any other site other than these would be unauthorised under Delhi Prevention of Defacement of Property Act, 2007. Any defacement found other than on these authorized public places or unipoles, should be removed within 24 hours.
The ULB’s will identify and make public the name and contact details of officers responsible for the removal of the unauthorised advertisement/defacement in respective jurisdiction so that individual responsibility can be fixed.
DPDP Act will be uploaded on all Government websites so that all Government employees are aware of the Act, both as Government employee and as the residents of Delhi. All Educational Institutions have to upload the same on their websites, so that the Students are made aware of the Act and they can include the same in their Eco clubs. All Government buildings will be made Poster Free by the respective authorities owing the said building. Responsibility of Officer’s In-charge of buildings should be fixed in case any defacement is found.
A copy of the Delhi Prevention of Defacement of Property Act, 2007 will be uploaded on Delhi Police Website and sent to all the police stations so that every member of Delhi Police is aware of the same. All Police buildings must be poster free. (UNI)