The random hanging of hoardings at each and every pole visible in the city is calling for some mishap. The unchecked growth shows there is no check mechanism which can impose certain restrictions on hoisting of such hoardings within the city limits and peripheries. The situation becomes critical when there is high velocity winds blowing followed by rains one can see these hoardings dangling precariously over the power-lines or ready to fall on road users and their vehicles. In this regard Additional District Magistrate Srinagar issuing an order imposing strict restrictions on putting up any sort of advertisements or signboards on utility poles and street lamp posts in the Srinagar city holds much water. The order stated that such boards and signs cause adverse effect to the beauty and aesthetics of the city and also cause hindrances during restoration efforts requiring climbing of these poles. It directs removing all advertisements and signboards as well as banners and posters from all utility poles and lampposts on all streets and roads across the city. The order warned against any future instances of putting up any kind of signs on poles and lampposts anywhere in the city stressing that business operators or anyone found involved therein would be dealt with strictly under the law. Senior Superintendent of Police Srinagar has been instructed to ensure strict implementation of the order. Jammu too should come out with such directives. Even one can still see the remnants of 2019 Parliamentary elections at many places with party flags still dangling with power lines and poles. They are yet to be removed. Since the advertisement hoardings with colourful pictures and attractive messages tend to distract motorists and pedestrians, it results in freak accidents. There are hundreds of hoardings all over the city and not all of them are related to commercial ones displaying works executed by professional agencies in an aesthetic manner. Many of them are flex boards – wishing friends and relatives on their birthdays, weddings, ear piercing ceremony… opening of a shop… discounts offered to customers…. they are diverse and inane too. With the city experiencing strong wind in the last few days, presence of such huge hoardings – sometimes the scaffoldings to support them at some places – pose danger to pedestrians and motorists. It is high time the district administration takes steps to put an end to the practice of erecting huge advertisement hoardings and unseemly flex boards.
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