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All kinds of flexes, posters banned in Bengaluru for one year

Owners of several structures had obtained stay orders from the court on their removal even though they were in violation of the rules.

Published: 07th August 2018 04:07 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th August 2018 04:33 AM   |  A+A-

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Illegal banners and flexes piled up. (Photo | EPS)

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: Taking a firm step in the war on illegal hoardings and flexboards, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) on Monday resolved to ban all kinds of advertisement structures within its limits for a period of one year with immediate effect. The civic agency passed a resolution banning all flexboards, banners, buntings, illegal hoardings, wall posters and bills. In addition, the BBMP will formulate a new, comprehensive policy for advertisements, for which the Commissioner will request the high court for more time.

READ | CM Kumaraswamy  urges political leaders to help rid Bengaluru of flexes

At a council meeting convened to discuss issues related to advertisements, Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad said the existing bylaws have provisions to levy a fine of `1 lakh on offenders and file criminal cases against them leading to imprisonment up to six months. Until now, a total of 456 cases have been filed against offenders.  He said not a single permission had been granted for any advertisement since January 2017. “We did not renew any permission as we had to formulate a new policy for advertisements and we could not collect tax on it post the implementation of GST. So not a single hoarding in Bengaluru is legal today,” Prasad said. 

He said owners of several structures had obtained stay orders from the court on their removal even though they were in violation of the rules, and the BBMP will ask the court to revoke them during the next hearing on August 8. Before the order was passed, several councillors advocated for a blanket ban on advertising structures. They said such structures cause accidents by distracting motorists on the road. 

ONUS ON OWNERS
■ BBMP asks private ad owners to remove ads in 2 weeks
■ For advertising structures on private lands, instead of the BBMP using its manpower, the responsibility of removing the structures will lie with owners. They have been given a time of two weeks to comply.



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  • Aravind

    Should think of removing illegal cables too.
    2 years ago reply
  • Ram

    Very commendable if this is carried out. These flexes have become an eyesore on the roads. Flexes are put up for any and every reason - birthdays, anniversaries, victory in some election, even announcement of death! Thanks BBMP for undertaking this task!
    2 years ago reply
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