City of Belgaum was looking prettier than ever for the past 40 odd days with all those Flex banners saying Happy Birthday, thank you and advertisements were removed by the order of Election commission.
On the day the results were announced same day in the evening they started to get back to where they belonged the Circles, road sides etc.
See the one the picture placed at SPM road, it is not that the said banners are illegal, the city corporation does take money and give permission and the same is also mentioned on the said banner.
But only a few of such banners pay to the corporation, especially the “congratulations” one are just posted on the sides of the circles which also hampers the view of the driver and can also cause accident. In India everything is planned/altered after a mishap occurs.
The court on many occasions in various cities has ordered the local body to remove all illegal flex banners, advertisement boards in the city. In January the Karnataka high court had ordered BBMP to remove all such boards. In Pune in 3 days 12000 illegal boards were removed after the local oady was slapped by the Maharashtra high court on the same issue.
The city is getting choked by these flex hoardings.
Interestingly, there are many laws in place to protect public property. The main acts includes Karnataka Open Places (Prevention of Disfiguration) Act, 1981 – Police Act, Section 15 of the Tree Preservation Act, 1976 – BBMP Act, Section 367, sub-Section 31 of the Karnataka Municipal Act, 1949.
Penalty for unauthorised disfigurement by advertisement – as per The Karnataka Open Places (Prevention of Disfiguration) Act, 1981 states, “Whoever by himself or through another person affixes to, or erects, inscribes or exhibits on, any place open to public view, any advertisement without the written permission of the local authority having jurisdiction over such area, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to six months or fine which may extend to Rs 1000, or with both.”
The police are empowered with powers to take action in this regard under the Karnataka Open Places (Prevention of Disfiguration) Act.
The Mayor for the city is to be elected in the Month of June most probably and we hope the elected corporators will raise this issue. Also for that matter the Cantonment needs to look into this as most Dharmveer Sambhaji Chowk upto College road (Benyon Smith) comes under the Cantonment.
With inputs from NewIndianExpress.