In a move to enforce the use of Marathi signboards across businesses, the Municipal Corporation has initiated a robust action plan targeting establishments that fail to comply. The announcement was made by Municipal Commissioner Anilkumar Pawar, who emphasized the need for all businesses to prominently display Marathi signages.
This decision stems from a directive issued by the Supreme Court, mandating the use of Marathi language on signboards for all establishments. The Marathi Language Integration Committee had previously urged the Municipal Corporation to ensure that Marathi signages are adopted by all businesses. Responding to this appeal, the Corporation has decided to issue orders to all businesses, compelling them to use Marathi signboards.
To oversee the implementation of this directive, the Municipal Corporation has established committees in each ward, with the assistance of deputy commissioners. These committees will be responsible for monitoring businesses within their respective areas and ensuring compliance with the new language requirement. A special task force has also been formed to conduct regular inspections.
Many businesses, shop owners, and entrepreneurs had initially displayed signboards in English. Consequently, notices will be issued to those businesses that have yet to switch to Marathi signages. Failure to comply with the new language policy may result in stringent actions being taken against the establishments.
Commissioner Anilkumar Pawar stated, “Businesses failing to adopt Marathi signages will face consequences, including legal actions. We have taken this step to uphold the cultural and linguistic integrity of the region. It is imperative that businesses embrace the use of Marathi language on their signboards.”
The affected businesses have been given a grace period to make the necessary changes and update their signages to comply with the new directive. The Municipal Corporation is keen on creating awareness among business owners about the importance of using the local language, not only to adhere to legal requirements but also to foster a sense of inclusivity within the community.
The decision has sparked discussions among business owners who have expressed concerns about the financial implications of changing their existing signboards. Some argue that the transition to Marathi signages may incur additional costs, especially for those businesses that operate in multilingual environments.
In response to these concerns, Commissioner Pawar assured business owners that the Municipal Corporation is open to providing support and guidance during this transition. He emphasized the importance of community cooperation in preserving and promoting the Marathi language.
The language integration committees are expected to collaborate with local businesses, offering assistance in designing and implementing Marathi signages. Additionally, informational sessions and workshops will be organized to educate business owners about the significance of using the local language for commercial purposes.
While the move to enforce Marathi signages is seen as a positive step toward preserving the cultural identity of the region, it also raises questions about the balance between cultural preservation and the practical considerations faced by businesses. Striking this balance will be crucial in ensuring that businesses can adapt to the new language policy without facing undue financial burdens.
As the Municipal Corporation takes proactive measures to implement the use of Marathi signages, the success of this initiative will largely depend on effective communication, collaboration, and understanding between the authorities and the local business community. The coming months will reveal the impact of this language policy on businesses and whether it successfully achieves its intended goal of promoting the use of Marathi in commercial spaces.