BANGALORE : A group of BJP councillors have urged City Police Commissioner M N Reddi to remove flexes, banners and hoardings from police station premises across the city.
A team led by former mayors S K Nataraj and B S Sathyanarayana, along with former deputy mayor S Harish, councillors P N Sadashiva, Gangabyraiah and ruling party leader Ashwathnarayana Gowda presented the memorandum to Reddi.
Harish said illegal hoardings are rampant in the city. Even the Upa Lokayukta is monitoring the action taken by the BBMP in this regard. The BBMP Commissioner held a meeting with the police chief recently. After this, police have set up help desks at all DCP offices where one can inform about illegal posters and hoardings. “We do not have a problem if they are just signs or direction boards,” Harish said.
The Police Commissioner said that earlier, permission was given to put up hoardings on police station premises in some places. These hoardings were about social messages. Later, when Raghavendra Auradkar was Police Commissioner, police tried to remove these hoardings. But some of them got a stay order from court.
But, the former mayors and other councillors complained that recently new hoardings have come up at these stations. “I have asked the Additional Commissioner of Police (Admin) to submit a report by Saturday. Based on this, we will take action,” Reddi said, adding that at present, the BBMP officials are lodging complaints at local police stations regarding illegal hoardings.