High court asks the status of BBMP’s new advertisement bylaws
The Karnataka high court asked information about the status of the new advertisement bylaws -BBMP Outdoor Signage and Public Messaging Bylaws, 2018. Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka presents this question as a cause for the petitioners pointed out that since January, the issue has been pending with the government. Counsel said whether section 425 of the Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act is applied, the problem must be treated as granting of deemed approval by the government. Lawyer Uday Holla told the court that the matter had arisen before a committee led by the deputy CM on previously.
If the BBMP council had sanctioned the bylaws and the government held the issue pending for held three months, by appealing section 425 of the KMC Act, it would be regarded that the government has accepted the similar and any demands thereafter would become irrelevant.
The tribunal said a grievance-redressal mechanism must be initiated in the place so that citizens could complain to the BBMP about illegal hoardings. They must attend it quickly and penal action should be taken against the criminals, it said.
The magistrate directed the government to give information regarding the action taken against lawbreakers under provisions of Karnataka Open Places (Prevention of Disfigurement) Act, 1981, which is a cognizable offense.