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News : Helpline Number Will Not Be Effective
Thane, Sept 25, 2014 -- While the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has started a helpline number to facilitate citizens to register complaints against illegal hoardings and banners that deface the city, citizens feel that this is a futile measure taken up by the civic body considering their failure to deter this menace in the past.
The TMC will undertake an awareness drive regarding the helpline, which is also used to register plaints against hawkers. The 24x7 helpline 1800-221-953 was started following the directive by the Bombay High Court.
A Ghodbunder Road resident said, "The number did not prove effective to tackle the hawkers' menace in the lake city. Same will be the output for the drive against illegal hoardings and banners. It has become a trend for political workers to put up hoardings of their leaders and family members on occasions like birthdays or appointment on key posts in their parties and even during festivals."
A TMC official said, "If politicians pledge to keep the city clean by not putting up hoardings and banners, then the drive will be very effective. Citizens should vote candidates whose manifesto is not to put up illegal hoarding and banners.
Voters can also call on this number to check their status on the electoral roll. "The toll-free number located at the election control room will record complaints of citizens and forward it to the concerned flying squads for tracking the veracity of complaint at the designated spots for further action.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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About Thane Municipal Corporation:
The Thane Municipal Corporation is the governing body of the city of Thane in the Indian state of Maharashtra.
Published: Monday, September 29, 2014