The High Court of Karnataka on Tuesday directed the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to take action to remove structures put up illegally to support advertisement hoardings across the city.
A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Pradeep Singh Yerur also directed the BBMP to provide details of the number of hoardings put up illegally and of the preventive measures the BBMP proposes to take to stop such illegal installations.
The Bench issued the directions after the BBMP counsel said that only 1,806 illegal structures remained in the city and that they were not removed as advertisement tax was due on them from the respective agencies. However, the Bench observed that tax due could not be used as a reason for not removing the structures.
The Bench was hearing PIL petitions on illegal hoardings and banners.
As an application was filed by one of the petitioners along with a photo of hoardings or banners put up “illegally” in the vicinity of the Vidhana Soudha by State government agencies for celebrating an event, the Bench also directed the government to submit a response.