Launching a drive to regulate the erection of hoardings and banners to ensure free movement of public and traffic, the district administration on Tuesday cautioned the printing presses to adhere to the rules and regulations.
“The printers should not print banners, hoarding and flex boards if their customers approach them without obtaining permission from the Revenue Divisional Officer of Ranipet or Sub-Collector of Tirupattur, besides not getting a no objection certificate (NOC) from the inspector of police of the respective police station limit,” District Collector Ajay Yadav told the press owners who attended a meeting of proprietors of printing presses in the district.
The Collector insisted that the printers should print the approved number issued by the officials and the printing date at the bottom of each banner, hoarding and flex board.
He said that action would be taken against the violators as per the provisions of the Tamil Nadu Urban Local Bodies (Permission of Erection of Digital Banners and Placards) Rules, 2011.
Except the notice for death condolences, permission should be obtained for other banners and hoardings prior to 15 days.
“We will give a week’s time for the press owners to adapt the rules and regulations. I will take severe action against them, if I spot a banner or hoarding without the permission number and date of printing,” he said.
He assured that he would take steps to establish a single window system at the earliest to facilitate the press owners in helping their customers to obtain the district administration’s permission.
One of the participants said, “If we refuse to print the banners without the permission letter, we are facing problems from political parties,” a printing press owner from Vellore said.
In response, the Collector said that they had taken measures to educate the political parties and had issued clear instructions to the district level office bearers to get permission for erecting hoardings and banners.