Bengaluru civic body orders removal of 1,800+ metal frames of hoardings
The new advertising bylaws of 2018 has given no provision for hoardings, which has promoted BBMP to ask for their removal within the next 15 days
Fresh orders have been issues by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) for removal of the innumerable metal frames of outdoor media assets, including hoardings on the city roads. Ever since BBMP enforced a ban of large-format advertising within the urban local body’s jurisdiction, the metal frameworks have been laying bare and proving to be an eyesore on the city's skyline.
According to a highly placed source, it is said that BH Anil Kumar, Commissioner, BBMP had written to the joint commissioners of BBMP’s eight zone to execute the orders. In the next 15 days, 1,806 hoarding metal frames in the city have been asked to be taken down.
A circular was issued by BBMP, directing officials to follow all possible safety measures while removing the hoarding frames.
The metal hoarding frames were initially installed by industry players as per BBMP 2006 bylaws on advertising. But, the new bylaws, revised in 2018, gave no provision for such structures, which prompted the BBMP to enforce the removal of these unused structures.
According to sources, stakeholders are again planning to challenge BBMP's action in court. But, the circular read: “These instructions and protocol have been issued following directions of the court.”
In the circular, Kumar has directed the officials to first ascertain whether the hoardings have a stay from the Karnataka High Court by doing a spot inspection. The next step will be issuing of show cause notice to owners of structures and also to check if all the dues have been cleared by them.
The removed frames will be disposed of by auctioning them at the zonal levels.
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