Collector Anshul Mishra’s ‘anti-hoarding drive’ in the city has irked some of the Corporation councillors who have complained that the sudden removal of hoardings had “affected their image” among people.

They expressed that the Corporation should spell out reasons on why the advertisement hoardings by individuals were being removed to clear the doubts in the minds of the public. “Sealing of buildings being constructed without obtaining approvals from the authorities concerned is a welcome trend. It has served as a warning to people. But there must be a reason as to why hoardings were removed,” said P. Salaimuthu, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) councillor and zone chairman, while initiating a debate on various issues at the council meeting held here on Wednesday.

During the drive ordered by the Collector, over 6,000 hoardings across the city were removed for not obtaining permission from the authorities and other violations.

Commissioner R. Nanthagopal said that the hoardings were removed only at the behest of the Collector’s order. Mr. Salaimuthu found fault on why the Corporation did not collect fee from those who had put up billboards. “They did not pay the money because we did not collect,” he added.

Mayor V.V. Rajan Chellappa assured that the Corporation will talk to the Collector on the hoardings issue.

Drinking water scarcity, ‘Amma canteens,’ mosquito control, stray dog menace and underground drainage were discussed at the meeting.

City Engineer in-charge A.Mathuram, City Health Officer V.Yasodha Mani and Chief Town Planning Officer M. Rakkappan answered the questions.

  • They say it has affected their image among people

  • There must be a reason why hoardings were removed