Chennai: The Madras Excessive Court docket has directed the Tamil Nadu authorities to not renew or give recent licences to erect commercial hoardings alongside state highways and visitors junctions, opposite to tips of the Indian Street Congress and the Ministry of Street Transport and Highways.
A division bench, comprising Justices MM Sundresh and M Sundar gave the route on a public curiosity litigation filed by the Coimbatore Client Trigger.
The bench famous that the IRC has formulated a complete coverage by means of the rules on roadside commercial and these had been being adopted by the ministry. The petitioner submitted that as per IRC tips, Union authorities’s coverage and the Tamil Nadu City Native Our bodies Licensing of Hoardings and Levy and Assortment of Commercial Tax Guidelines, ads shouldn’t be permitted on boards, placards, material banners or sheets hung throughout roads or at street junctions.
Nonetheless, these guidelines weren’t being adopted, the petitioner stated.
The bench stated it appeared that in Coimbatore district, permission had been given to some non-public commercial companies to promote on visitors alerts and alongside state highways.
“That is in our thought-about view is opposite to the rules and the coverage adopted by the ministry. What’s relevant to nationwide highways essentially needs to be utilized to state highways as effectively,” the bench stated. “Subsequently, there can’t be any distinction when it comes to applicability of the coverage,” it stated.
The bench famous that accidents do happen even when permissions are granted for ads. On present hoardings within the state, the bench stated there was no problem in allowing present advertisers to go on with their ads until expiry of licences issued to them.
It then directed the Tamil Nadu authorities to not renew or give recent licences to erect commercial hoardings alongside state highways and visitors junctions, opposite to tips of IRC and Ministry of Street Transport and Highways.