Hoardings on Railway property need Corporation nod: Madras High Court

Hoardings Rly LandsChennai: Holding the hoardings erected within railway premises too must have approval from corporation authorities or district collector, the Madras high court has given agencies which own such structures to apply for necessary permission within 15 days. The competent authorities concerned would pass orders on the applications within 30 days thereafter, it said.

Dismissing a big batch of petitions filed by hoarding owners and agencies, the first bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice T S Sivagnanam said: “It shall be your responsibility to obtain permission, permit and licence from the municipal corporation or any other government or local departments for display, as and when required, so as not to contravene any rule or law of the land.”

The common question taken up for consideration was whether railway administration’s permission would suffice to display advertisements on railway property or it would require the nod from municipal corporation/district collector.

The bench said the agencies must pay the municipal corporation or any other government department concerned requisite licence fee and taxes.