Bengaluru: Recently the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad had issued an order to zonal joint commissioners and zonal engineers to conduct a survey of illegal hoardings including the iron structures that are used for advertisements.

Manjunath Prasad had directed officials to prepare a list of such commercial hoardings at sub-division and ward levels along with tax and penalties imposed and paid, and FIRs registered, and submit it as soon as possible.

Following the direction by the Commissioner, the civic body has removed illegal flexes/hoardings in eight zones of Bengaluru City, a senior official said.

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The BBMP has now removed 297 illegal flexes/hoardings in 208 localities across the city.

Similarly, on September 1, the BBMP removed illegal advertisements, banners and pictures of politicians posted all over the city. Business establishments that were illegally advertising were also punished.

In November 2019, the Karnataka High Court had directed the State government to issue necessary instructions empowering city corporations to act against illegal advertisements, flexes, hoardings.

According to officials, Section 138 (removal of unauthorised advertisements) of the Karnataka municipal (KMC) Act is used for removal of illegal advertisements after issuing a show-cause notice to the persons or agencies concerned.