Advertisement hoardings a source of revenue: BBMP Commissioner

Committee had been formed to look into objections to draft rules and bylaws

New Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Commissioner B. H. Anil Kumar, on Saturday, announced that a committee had been formed to look into objections to the draft advertisement rules, the deemed approved Outdoor Signages and Public Messaging Bylaws and the 2006 advertisement bylaws.

“The committee has been directed to look at all three to see how they can be converged and come out with comprehensive bylaws. The report is expected in 15 days, following which final notification will be issued,” he said.

Though councillors across party lines supported the one-year ban on all forms of advertisements, including hoardings, in the city, Mr. Kumar seems to favour bringing them back. He argued that until now, the advertisement hoardings were not regulated and, in the interest of revenue, it is not appropriate to have a blanket ban. “This, however, does not mean that hoardings and LED display screens will be allowed anywhere and everywhere. We will take into account inputs from the traffic police so that these hoardings do not distract motorists. We will also wait for the directions of the Karnataka High Court, which is hearing a case pertaining to hoardings, before issuing the final notification,” he said.

He added that he would try to convince the BBMP council about allowing hoardings in the city.

Indira Canteens

The BBMP council passed a resolution to re-appropriate funds from various heads to run Indira Canteens in the city until the civic body receives funds from the government. Mayor Gangambike Mallikarjun stated that Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa had already informed Mr. Kumar that funds would be earmarked in the supplementary budget of the government.

The council has also resolved to take up works pertaining to water supply and underground drainage in public interest after depositing 2% of the project cost with the Bengaluru Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) as service charge.

Ruling Party Leader Abdul Wajid said though the BBMP is depositing money for various works with the BWSSB, there is an inordinate delay in taking up the projects. “Now, we can take up the works, which will be supervised by BWSSB officials, who will also prepare the estimate,” he added.

MoU with day care centre terminated

The memorandum of understanding with the Ambedkar Day Care Centre in Dayanandanagar ward has been terminated. A resolution to this effect was taken by the BBMP council.

Local councillor Kumari Palanikanth said the BBMP building, constructed at a cost of ₹3 crore, was rented out for just ₹7,000 a month, and alleged that the centre is flouting norms of the MoU.

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