Website Impact! Except Religious MCC removes all Flex Hoardings-Banners

Website Impact! Except Religious MCC removes all Flex Hoardings-Banners

Mangaluru: What Went Up Illegally, Came Down Legally! As they say “better late than never”, Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) Mayor Kavitha Sanil who had earlier promised to remove all the illegal flex hoardings and banners in the City on April Fool’s Day (April 1), taking action a couple days later, the MCC officials along with the laborers have been taking down all the flex banners and hoardings, but pardoning a bunch of religious events hoardings, as respect and sentiments towards the religious bodies.

Yes, once again we have proved one more positive result after highlighting the issue in Mangalorean.com-Talk about the power of media, especially Electronic media where we highlight the civic issues and within few hours or few days the concerned authorities who can’t bear the criticism about their negligence, quickly get into action and rectify the civic issues. In the past Mangalorean.com has highlighted various civic issues through our website, and there has been a tremendous effect with most of the problems being fixed in no time, from rectifying dilapidated roads, open drainage, non-friendly footpaths, dog menace, neglected garbage etc.

Our two reports published on our website namely https://www.mangalorean.com/illegal-hoardings-menace-citys-beauty-safety-threat-motorists/; and https://www.mangalorean.com/removal-hoardings-apr-1-probably-mayors-april-fool-day-joke/, about the nuisance of illegal flex hoardings and banners has shown yield results with the MCC officials taking action for the last two days, and the work of removing the all the hoardings will continue in the next few days all over the city, and outskirts of the City.

MCC needs to first sensitize people, but also subsequently take action against those violating the rule. A similar drive should be initiated in the remote areas too. It might be recalled that there were cases of accidents because of banners and publicity material on main roads that sometimes disrupted the view of motorists. The illegal hoardings, banners pitched indiscriminately along the road are causing nuisance. They cause inconvenience to the general public. Many of these hoardings and banners are put up in gross violation of civic sense and also the civic law.

It happens once very month or once every few months, that the officials of the Mangaluru City Corporation decide and go on a rampage to bring down all the illegal hoardings/banners etc that are hanged/erected in various prominent spots in the city, not to mention the busy Hampankatta Circle. Why is MCC taking all this trouble every month or months to remove these hoardings/banners which costs money and workers time on the expenses of tax payers? Why can’t MCC strictly enforce the rule and fine heavily those who had erected the hoardings/banners? If strict action is not taken, these hoardings/banners will appear again and again- and MCC has to bring them down again and again- which is foolishness and waste of time and money.

Okay now, If you are wondering what happened to all those banners/Hoardings/buntings that were hanging on the city electric/telephone poles, and mainly near the busy Hampankatta circle, Lady Hill Circle, Jyothi Circle, Kankanady etc don’t get surprised- during the last two days MCC has carried out a drive to remove all the illegal hoardings, cut outs and banners in the heart of the City. Seems like the city officials have finally woken up again to tackle the menace of illegal banners and buntings that mushroom at important junctions, after pressure from the media and general public. The MCC officials also removed business signs erected on the footpath in front of Radha Medicals-Bendorewell, Kankanady and Falnir business areas.

Even the legally put up cut-outs and banners created problems as they were rarely removed after the event was over. MCC officials and their workers swung into action, removing all such banners and publicity material, as per the orders from MCC Commissioner or the Mayor. “This drive is once again a warning for those who were in the habit of displaying publicity material at junctions without taking permission from the corporation. We will carry out the drive across all junctions in the City regularly in future” said Raju, a revenue inspector of MCC during the drive.

Most of the illegal banners carry advertisements of private enterprises, including those of fast foods, food products, coaching institutes, mobile phone companies, Astrologers, religious functions, cultural shows, congratulating politicians,motor vehicles and jewellers. The MCC official further said that in spite of the repeated warning, those who put the hoardings illegally have failed to remove it. Many a times, organizations and agencies are involved in sticking the handouts on either side of the road and on electric poles, thus disfiguring the roadside and electric pole. He said that a notice will be issued to all those who had erected hoardings illegally in the city and a case will be filed under Prevention of Disfigurement Act. The removal of illegal hoardings, banners will be a continuous drive.

MCC needs to first sensitize people, but also subsequently take action against those violating the rule. A similar drive should be initiated in the remote areas too. It might be recalled that there were cases of accidents because of banners and publicity material on main roads that sometimes disrupted the view of motorists. The illegal hoardings, banners pitched indiscriminately along the road are causing nuisance. They cause inconvenience to the general public. Many of these hoardings and banners are put up in gross violation of civic sense and also the civic law.

Many a time, those who put up the banners, board, do not remove the banners after the function or programme gets over. Clearing such banners are a great headache for the Corporation. If MCC authorities fail to stop putting up of banners and hoardings without proper license, then all their efforts for the beautification of the City will go futile. It is also learnt that some people take permission for certain numbers of banners/hoardings, but they display more banners/hoardings that they paid for. Not just today, MCC should have such drives constantly so that the city is free from illegal and way too many banners that ruin the beauty of the City.

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ruchir agarwal

A duty well done !! keep it up MCC. now if i want to put up a banner for my business i will print some religious photos in that and i am sure it wont be removed .thanks for the write up Alfie