After HC rap, mayor launches drive against flexes

As part of an awareness campaign, Mayor R Sampath Raj, ruling party leader M Shivaraju and other BBMP officials remove posters near Palace Road on Saturday.

Following the high court orders to remove all flexes and banners, Mayor R Sampath Raj along with corporators and BBMP officials conducted a poster-removal drive and awareness campaign across the city on Saturday.

The drive was launched by the mayor at the Cauvery guest house on Palace Road, where film posters and graffiti were removed and the walls beautified.

Raj said that all 198 corporators across the city are taking part in the poster-removal drive in the city. The drive will continue on Sunday, despite being a holiday, he said. "Even pourakarmikas are taking part in this drive for an hour today and tomorrow," Raj said.

Recently, the BBMP special council meeting decided to ban all flexes, banners, buntings, illegal advertisement boards, wall posters and other plastic material in the city for one year.

On Friday, the high court again gave the civic body a deadline of August 14 to make the city free of flexes and banners.  

The Palike had published an advertisement notification on Friday, in which the commissioner sought help from residents welfare associations and non-governmental organisations to make the city "flex-fee, poster-free and plastic-free".

In the notification, the commissioner requested the citizens to call the BBMP control room to register complaints regarding illegal flexes and banners.

Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy and Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara have also asked their supporters and followers to refrain from using flexes. The Palike is also planning to launch the 'Hoarding Reporting' app, to curb the illegal display menace in the city.

 

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