Three 'illegal' billboards have been set up on Lalmonirhat-Burimari Highway at Mission Intersection in the town, keeping the Roads and Highways Department (RHD) authorities in the dark.
Neptune Add Firm erected these billboards on the highway around two weeks ago, posing the risk of accident anytime, locals said.
Contacted, Amzad Hossain, representative of the ad firm, said they made a contract with the municipality mayor for using three billboards on the road.
“We have paid Tk 30 thousand as the yearly contract money to the municipality mayor, and constructed three billboards with his permission and assistance. We did not communicate with the RHD authority in this regard,” he said.
Asked about the matter, Lalmonirhat municipality Mayor Reazul Islam Rintu said, "The ad firm contacted me for continuing the three billboards on the road. Municipality is the authority concerned regarding any road in municipality area, so I made the contract without consulting with the RHD officials.”
On the other hand, Suruz Miah, executive engineer of RHD in Lalmonirhat, termed these billboards illegal.
"RHD, the authority concerned of the highway, did not give any permission to the ad firm for using billboards on the road. The authorities of the municipality and the ad firm were served notices a few days ago for demolishing the illegal billboards by a week. I will take legal action if it is not done to free the highway," he said.