Anybody who installs flex boards or banners in the city will now get up to six months jail term. As per a new resolution moved by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).
During a special council meeting on Monday 06th Aug, 2018, the council decided to impose a blanket ban on all flex boards and banners in an attempt to control the hoarding menace in the city. During the meeting, council members demanded that hoardings and banners installed at underpasses, flyovers, skywalks and private buildings spoil the visual beauty of the city. The move will also virtually ban hoarding advertisements across the city.
However, during the discussion, Mayor R Sampath Raj said that there are many authorised hoardings. It bring revenue to the civic body and a ban on all the hoardings might not be the right idea.BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad said, “We have not given permission for any advertisements through flex boards in the city for the last one year. According to the records, only 53 flexes in the city are legal. The rest of the flexes will be deemed illegal. BBMP officials will again conduct raids.”
Rammurthy Nagar Probing The Case
However, the Ramamurthy Nagar police, probing the case of an attack on civic workers. They are removing flexes in their jurisdiction, have arrested three more persons. With this, the total number of arrested has up to seven.
In a significant observation that may put the brakes on Bengaluru’s biggest eyesores – plastic banners and flex.
High Court has said that prima facie, the ban on plastic includes ban on the manufacture, supply and sale of such banners, buntings and flex. The court, back in 2016, had upheld the validity on the notification by the state government banning manufacture and sale of plastic bags and other products. Subsequently, the BBMP had issued a circular under the notification, specifying penalties for the same. The implementation of the ban was largely restricted to plastic carry bags in retail shops.