The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has appealed to illegal occupants, including buildings, factories, restaurants, hoardings and advertisements along the National Highways to close all activities and apply for legal access to their establishments.
“Various establishments, which have come up along National Highways illegally, are safety hazards for traffic plying on National Highways as they allow illegal access and parking of vehicles on the highways,” the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said in an official statement.
The ministry added that unauthorised hoardings and advertisements are also safety hazards as these distract drivers.
Setting up of these illegal establishments is a punishable offense under Control of National Highways (Land and Traffic) Act, 2002.
“The NHAI has issued an appeal to all such establishments to close the illegal access activities at their level and apply for legal access to their establishments under the policy,” the ministry said, adding that the establishments have also been asked to remove all the hoardings and advertisements.
Field officers will start a special drive to terminate these illegal access, remove hoardings/advertisements. They are directed to take action against illegal parking of vehicles on National Highways with the help of local police and district administration.
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