The police have removed over 200 unauthorised banners and flex boards belonging to various political parties, individuals, and business establishments in the last two days. Superintendent of Police Asra Garg in a release here on Thursday said that a special drive was conducted for the purpose.

Those removed were put up without obtaining a ‘no objection certificate’ from competent authorities.

Mr. Garg said that in April 2008, Supreme Court had upheld the Madras High Court’s order, banning illegal and hazardous hoarding in the state.

According to Act No. 51 of the Municipal Administration Department, hoarding cannot be placed near schools, colleges, hospitals, road junctions, or near heritage structures. The act says that hoarding should be put up just three days before and after an event. After that they should be removed by those erected it. If not competent authorities would remove them and the cost incurred will be charged from the concerned parties/individuals. Besides, action would be initiated against them, he said.