Shimla: The Project Director of Infrastructure Development Investment Programme for Tourism (HP) Shimla has gone ahead and installed two Video Walls at two different locations of Shimla Mall area without mandatory approvals from the Municipal Corporation and the Heritage Committee. The approval for the same was given by the then Addl. Chief Secretary VC Pharka (Now Chief Secretary). One of the Video Walls is installed at a place where the High Court of HP has prohibited such activities vide its orders in CWP1374 of 2006 in case title Rajesh v/s H.P. State and others.
The irregularities were brought to light through a RTI application dated 15/03/2016.
Speaking on the matter, PIO-cum-Sr.Architect of M.C.Shimla Rajiv Sharma said,” As per records, no permission has been granted for the installation of LED screen near the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex, The Mall by the Architect, Planning Branch of MC Shimla.” He further revealed that the area was declared as Heritage Area and as per records no permission had been sought from the Heritage Advisory Committee to install the LED screen.
Assistant Commissioner Prashant Sirkek said that no mandatory approvals had been taken from the M.C. Shimla before the installation of the LED Screen on the Mall.
The Infrastructure Development Investment Programme for Tourism (IDIPT) Commissioner had written a letter on 07/12/2015 to the Commissioner of Shimla Municipal Corporation to get the approval to install two Video Walls. But as on date the approvals were still to be granted by the Shimla Municipal Corporation.
The file notings suggested that the approval to procure and install two Video Walls was obtained from the ACS(Tourism) on 03/10/2015, more than two months before the letter to get the approval from the Municipal Corporation was sought.
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