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Karnataka HC allows state govt and BBMP to display hoardings in Bengaluru for creating awareness about COVID-19 spread and safety measures

When the matter was taken up for hearing, the Court was informed that the funds for putting up these hoardings will be used from the BBMP's allotted budget of Rs 49.50 crore.

Rintu Mariam Biju

The Karnataka High Court today gave the green signal to the state government and Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to display hoardings in the city of Bengaluru for creating awareness about safety measures for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

An interim application in this regard was moved by the state government in a petition seeking the strict enforcement of the Karnataka Open Places (Prevention of Disfigurement) Act, 1981 in the state.

A Division Bench headed by Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka allowed the display of hoardings in the city of Bengaluru for creating COVID-19 awareness among general public, subject to certain conditions:

  • Hoardings will be used for a limited period for awareness till spread of COVID-19 has been curbed.

  • Messages will be displayed on material made of cotton. No prohibited material such as plastic, flex material, etc. to be used for hoardings.

  • No person will be allowed to advertise any product or any other item other than the messages to create awareness to contain the COVID-19 spread.

  • Though an amount of Rs 49.50 crore is available with BBMP, only a reasonable amount should be used for this purpose.

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