Posted On: 18/09/18 15:54
City more vital than hoardings, High Court comes down hard on BBMP
Unhappy that illegal hoardings by influential persons are still seen in city, HC directs BBMP to act on waste disposal

The High Court has said that the city and citizens are more important than illegal hoardings put up by influential persons. The court, which is hearing public interest litigations against illegal banners and advertisements said that cleanliness of public spaces should be a norm rather than becoming a cleanliness drive initiated by the civic agencies.

A division bench of the HC is hearing the public interest litigations against illegal outdoor advertisements in the BBMP limits. While continuing to hear the cases on Monday, the court directed the advocate for BBMP to take the issue of disposing solid waste generated in the city also very seriously. Replying to this, the advocate V Srinidhi informed the court that the civic agency had issued tenders for procuring tipper vehicles to carry solid waste. However due to a case filed against the process, the issue is pending.
The court was not happy with the submissions. The court said that the city cannot be allowed to rot for this reason. It asked if there is no way forward without the tippers. It said that the BBMP should make use of the available legal recourse and in the end make sure that the city is clean. The court directed the BBMP to inform the court the exact legal problems that are hampering the removal of illegal advertisements. It noted that since the BBMP began removing illegal hoardings Bengaluru was looking much better. It said that cleanliness should be celebrated as a festival.

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