Distract road users, cause traffic obstructions, make for an eyesore

With political parties and other organisations continuing to ignore the repeated warnings of the corporation, a large number of unauthorised hoardings, commonly referred to as ‘flex boards,’ have mushroomed across the city over the past few days, making for a distraction for road users and causing traffic obstructions at several places.

A large number of these flex boards, many of them put up by the AIADMK and the DMK, could be seen around the MGR statue at Cantonment, Shastri Road-Salai Road junction, Thillai Nagar-Thennur High Road junction, Thennur, Head Post Office, and other parts of the city.

At Thennur, the rival political parties have even put up flex boards welcoming their respective leaders to a temple festival held recently.

Though the authorities insist that permission have to be obtained from the Collector for putting up such flex boards, many of them are alleged to be put up without permission.

The previous meeting of the corporation council even witnessed a verbal clash between the DMK and the AIADMK councillors over the issue with the former protesting the registration of police cases against their office bearers for putting up hoardings welcoming party treasurer M.K.Stalin.

The DMK members claimed that though they have paid the requisite fee for putting up the hoardings, the police had booked cases on the grounds that the structures had marred the beauty of the city.

Pointing out that many such hoardings have been put up by the ruling party too in the city, they wondered whether permission have been obtained for them.

Corporation Commissioner V.P.Thandapani clarified that the permission for putting up hoardings should be obtained from the Collector after getting no objection certificate from the corporation and the city police.

But corporation sources concede that many flex boards are being put up without permission.

Disregard to road safety

Many of the structures supported by bamboo poles are erected digging up pits alongside the roads, in total disregard to road safety.

Apart from making for an eyesore, they are a distraction to road users and in some places prove to be a traffic hindrance, complain residents.

“Apart from political parties, several organisations and individuals have started resorting to the practice of putting flex boards even from family functions. Some of them are put up right on the pedestrian footpaths. Even neon boards are put up making for a distraction for road users,” said M.Sekaran, president, Federation of Consumer and Service Organisations.

Mr.Sekaran, who is also a member of District Road Safety Council, said the issue was discussed at the council meeting on Wednesday and the Collector had ordered the corporation to remove all the unauthorised structures.