Why does the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP) even talk on the subject? We have heard time and again how much money BMP can make from these hoardings. But BMP neither has teeth nor will power or both to clamp down on unauthorised hoardings.
Want to see unauthorised hoardings, pick any road in slightly peripheral areas of the city. And you will find hundreds of politicians and so called local leaders smiling at you. Hands folded, head bent slightly to the right, and smile – Sonia Gandhi jindabad, that’s one hoarding. Gandhi cap on the head, a mobile phone held to an ear – this politician is trying a business like look – and long-live-Deve-Gowda slogan at the bottom, there goes another hoarding. Three-four of these all-dressed-in-white politicians, all hands joined and raised together, and slogan saying “BJP-JD(S) brothers-in-arms” – these could be the next set of hoardings.
If BMP started charging for these political posters and hoardings on a per face basis, Bangalore could raise enough money for 50 more flyovers. But they don’t do that. And they don’t bring these things down either. Now tell me how you liked their talk on “Authorised hoardings“?
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