City beautification drive fizzles out

City beautification drive fizzles out

Bharat Lal Meena, during his tenure as the Palike Commissioner had launched the ambitious campaign to beautify the City. Steps were taken to curb graffiti writing and sticking posters on walls. Film producers were booked for defacing the public property. However, as the drive did not had any deterring effect, Meena came up with the idea of art on walls.  Murals provided a befitting reply to posters, ugly bills and wall writing.  

Of late, the drive seems to have fizzled out with the exit of Meena from the BBMP paving way for the ubiquitous poster-era which has made a come back. Now, the signboards on main roads too are not spared off posters. Sadly, one can even find posters all over the walls in the Palike’s West Zone, where the wall painting drive was carried out extensively.
In most of the places the murals are giving away leaving behind ugly patches on the wall. The railway underpass near Majestic is no exception. The huge signboard of the BBMP is stuck with posters and the Palike West Zone office is just a stone’s throw away from the signboard.

BBMP seeks four week’s time

The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has sought four weeks’ time to file objections in a matter related to illegal hoardings and banners in the City.

Hearing a PIL filed by B Krishna Bhat, Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice A S Bopanna directed the BBMP to remove the hoardings. The Court observed that permission for new hoardings should be given only after removing the old ones.

The petitioner had contended that BBMP had not removed illegal hoardings and that it affected the beauty of the City.