BMC plans 6000 street lights and ‘Hoarding Free’ city


Bhubaneswar : Days after BJP workers clashed with BMC officials regarding removal of BJP hoarding before ‘Maha Samavesh’  BMC has now come up with new rules for installing hoardings by political parts.BMC during a special council meeting in the office premises on Monday have discussed on various aspects towards making Bhubaneswar, a ‘hoarding free city’ by January 2017.

Bhubaneswar Circle Mayor Ananta Narayan Jena said that irrespective of any category including political, government or private posters and hoardings would not be entertained at the ‘no hoarding zone’ in the city which includes, Capital Hospital to AG Square, AG Square to Rabindra Mandap, Rabindra Mandap to 120 Battalion, PMG Square to Master Canteen Square, AG Square-Governor house-Power House Square and both sides of NH 16 .  Stringent action will be taken against the concerned body if found violating the norms of BMC.

Keeping in view the threats posed by the hoardings during cyclones and possible damages to the vehicles, public property and lives, BMC has planned to remove the illegal banners from more roads in the city, even including the political hoardings, banners and posters. BMC Commissioner Krishan Kumar said that heavy penalties would be collected if any hoarding is found under the ‘no hoarding zone’ of the city. All the political parties would be asked to seek permission from BMC three days prior for fixing up the hoarding, failing which penalties would also be collected from the concerned party. Simultaneously, the political parties under the guidelines would be asked to remove the hoarding within 24 hours of the completion of the particular scheduled programme.

With earlier restriction on rooftop hoardings, BMC has also decided to increase the charges to remove banners from the restricted zones from Rs 7000 to Rs 10000 . Hoarding with less than 100 square feet area will fined with Rs 7000 and with more than it will be fined with Rs 10000. Krishan Kumar said that a new policy, ‘Advertisement Regulation 2016’ would be implemented during the new year.

It was also decided during the meeting that around 6000 streetlights will be installed at various places including, Kalinga Nagar, Patrapada and at many other places across the city where the lights are not in functional condition. BMC would also seek special permission from the National Highway Authority ( NHAI) towards installation of street lights at all the flyovers in the National Highways in the city.

Among others present during the meeting were Cultural and Tourism Minister Ashok Chandra Panda, MLA Priyadarshi Mishra and Deputy Mayor K Shanti.

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