Bengaluru

Owners of 1,880 illegal hoardings risk criminal cases

The BBMP is using an internal map to locate and display information of nearly 5,500 hoardings in Bengaluru. File Photo File Photo  

The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) on Tuesday told the Karnataka High Court that it will register cases against property owners who have failed to voluntarily remove 1,880 hoardings, put up for displaying advertisements, despite issuance of individual notices for removal of structures installed illegally.

The submission was made counsel before a division bench comprising Chief Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and Justice R. Devdas, which is monitoring the actions of the civic body in removing illegal hoardings, banners, flexes while taking cognisance of the menace of such illegal materials based on three PIL petitions.

The cases would be registered under provisions of the Karnataka Open Spaces (Prevention of Disfigurement) Act, apart from initiating steps for removal of such illegal hoardings and related structures as per the law, said BBMP counsel V. Sreenidhi while pointing out that owners of these 1,880 hoardings have not responded to the notices served on them.

Meanwhile, in his statement submitted to the court, BBMP commissioner has clarified that the city has a total of 3,729 advertisement hoardings / structures and not 4,178 as was mentioned earlier as the previous statistics included the number of such structures put up on properties owned by the government, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. and the BBMP.

Pointing out that owners of 1,638 hoardings had responded within the August 20 deadline in response to the BBMP’s public notice, and 104 had responded after the deadline, the counsel said that the BBMP has already adjudicated the issue based on claims made in these 1,742 responses about legality of their structures.

Mr. Sreenidhi pointed out that owners of 107 hoardings have removed all the structures voluntarily in response to the public / individual notices issued to them for removal of such structures.

By-law

The government has written to the BBMP saying that it has no objection to the draft Outdoor Signage and Public Messaging Policy 20018. The government has asked the BBMP to invite suggestions and objections for the draft Outdoor Signage and Public Messaging By-law 2018, as per provisions of the Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act giving 30 days time to the public to submit their objections and suggestions, and submit the final by-laws to the government for approval as per the law.


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