KARACHI: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Friday directed to remove the bill board immediately which were hazardous for human life and sought report regarding bill board from Additional Attorney General (AAG) within the period of one month.
The apex court issued this order during the hearing of bill board case which was conducted by its three-member bench. The bench ordered the AAG to summon the representatives of responsible departments including Cantonment Board, Civil Aviation Authority, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) and DMCs and submit report within one month.
Justice Arif Khilji, member of apex court bench during the course of the hearing remarked that bill boards have been erected along with the both sides of the road from Karsaz to Drug road and it is strange that these are the federal agencies which were issuing notices to each other adding that why this situation has been created and these departments to give notice to each other.
Justice Amir Muslim Hani, a member of apex court bench expressed his annoyance and ordered to immediately remove these bill boards from roads while terming them life threat.
The court during the hearing remarked that if Cantonment laws are enforced on civilians then the Municipal laws should be enforced on Cantonment Board and questioned what was the need to include Armed Forces institution in this business?.
Acting Administrator KMC Roshan Sheikh during the hearing informed the court that Karachi is the only city of the globe where giant size bill board have been erected adding that one of the biggest bill board of Pakistan has been installed on FTC which is dangerous.
The court directed that AAG, all Cantonment Boards and other parties to find out the solution of this problem.
It is worth-mentioning here that on last hearing Karachi Cantonment Board (KCB) informed the apex court that bill boards have been erected by the Armed Forces in the premises of KCB without seeking any permission. In a report submitted by the KMC in the court reveals that under clause 160 (2) of Sind Local Government Ordinance Act 2013 and other prevailing laws, permission is granted to erect sign and hoarding boards and it was impossible to install illegal boards due to strict supervision. The income upto Rs 850 millions was generated in this regard.
The apex court was informed that not only KMC but approximately 17 agencies including Cantonment Boards, Pak Navy, Rangers, Civil Aviation Authority, DHA and KPT also are authorize to grant permission for erecting bill and hoarding boards.