Palike flexes muscles on flex boards

Eight teams formed to verify details of properties undervalued for tax

During a discussion in the Council meeting on Monday, BBMP Commissioner Siddaiah said the Palike had identified 75 locations to put up posters and flex boards whereas the Kannada film industry has been making use of only 13 such places.

Putting the onus on politicians, he said they too should take a call on installing flexes at public places.  He told the House that officials had to face the wrath of the people when they went to remove such flexes.

“It is up to the House to unanimously decide on removing flexes, without which this menace cannot be sorted out,” said Siddaiah. Earlier, raising the issue, Opposition leader Udayashankar said posters, flexes and graffiti were making the City look ugly and they need to be removed at the earliest. He appealed to the Palike administration to sort out the problems faced by Kannada film industry on locations to display posters, for a reasonable price.

Space demanded
Film producer-turned-corporator Munirathna demanded space for displaying film posters, given the fact that the Kannada film industry is no more making profits.  The issue of coffer dam constructed by NICE leading to flooding of Gali Anjaneya Temple echoed in the meeting.

JD (S) floor leader Padmanabha Reddy sought details of the violations committed by the company in constructing an arm-round connectivity for its Bangalore-Mysore
Infrastructure Corridor project close to Deepanjali Nagar near Kimco Factory.

Reddy sought to know whether the Palike intends to levy a penalty of Rs 15 crore on NICE as reported by Deccan Herald. Palike Commissioner Siddaiah told the House that during an inspection it came to light that the coffer dam built by NICE was also a major cause for flooding. He said he has brought the matter to the notice of the State Government.

“Before we could initiate any action, we came to know that the company has obtained a stay order against any possible action. We will take steps for vacation of the stay,” he added.

The Palike has formed eight teams to verify properties, which were undervalued for payment of property taxes. Responding to the concern expressed by Yediyur ward corporator N R Ramesh on undervaluation of properties, Siddaiah said the teams in all the eight wards would verify the details of properties suspected to have been undervalued.

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