Permission for naming circles, roads mandatory

After banning the installation of statues in public places by private individuals and organisations, the State government has now imposed stringent regulations on naming and renaming of public roads and circles by the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs), including the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), across the State.

The Urban Development Department (UDD) recently framed a set of six guidelines to be followed by all ULBs for naming roads and circles after noted personalities like writers and saints. These regulations also apply to the installation of statues by the ULBs in their limits. It has been done to prevent controversies or clashes over the misuse of names of noted figures.

The move, official sources said, will not only prevent controversies over disfiguring or any act of showing disrespect to noted personalities, but also ensure that the naming is done in an orderly manner.

Hitherto, there was no restriction on ULBs in this regard. As a result, there is a lot of duplication.

The ULBs used to accord permission for naming roads and circles according to the whims and fancies of local leaders, especially corporators and councillors.

The Kannada and Culture department had in July last year banned installation of statues of noted personalities in public places by private individuals, and introduced certain guidelines for doing so on private properties.

The department has made private individuals and organisations take the complete responsibility of maintenance and upkeep of statues on their properties.

As per the UDD regulations, the ULBs have to first ensure that a resolution to this effect (either to install a statue or name a road or a circle) is passed in the Council. Then it should be publicised through the notice board in either the Deputy Commissioner’s office or the Tahasildar’s office. And the panchanama of having publicised it should be done. Public objections and suggestions should be called and 30 days set apart for it, the UDD stated in its circular issued to all ULBs recently.

Suggestions
After receiving public suggestions and objections, the resolution should again be placed before the Council seeking its approval. Besides, a report from either the Deputy Commissioner or Tahasildar should be obtained, confirming that the move will not lead to any public unrest. The ULB then has to send the Council resolution and the report to the government for its final nod, the circular stated.

The UDD circular said all ULBs should follow the guidelines while sending the proposal to the government seeking its approval. Action will be taken against the officials concerned if they do not send the proposals as per the guidelines, it warned.

* Urban Local Bodies
Council has to pass a
resolution
* Resolution has to be publicised and a panchanama of it should be done
* Public objections and suggestions should be called for
* The resolution has to be again placed before the
Council
* Deputy Commissioner/ Tahasildar has to confirm that the move will not lead to unrest
* Finally, the proposal has to be vetted by the government

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