Advertisers ask for end to billboard drive, SHC refuses
KARACHI: A division bench of the Sindh High Court (SHC) refused on Friday to grant the application for a stay order filed by the Outdoor Advertising Association who wanted a cantonment board to stop removing billboards.
More than 200 lives were lost in rains on June 23 in part when huge billboards fell on pedestrians and motorists.
Earlier, the respondent cantonment board submitted to the court a list of billboards that have been erected in its jurisdiction. The counsel for the petitioner submitted that only boards with underground bases had caused damage by falling to the ground. The billboards on roof tops had caused no harm or damage, the counsel maintained, challenging the alleged unilateral decision taken by the respondent cantonment boards to order their complete removal by Aug 10 (today).
The counsel for the petitioner also maintained that in view of the recent experience, the unnecessary load from these billboards had been removed; they have been made lighter and harmless. The business involves employment to thousands of people and also to license holders, the counsel for the petitioner submitted, praying the court to issue an order restraining the cantonment boards from removing the dangerous billboards and other advertisements.
The bench parried the request by adjourning the case to a date to be fixed later.
Source: Daily Times