KMC will take special steps to remove hoardings Mayor
Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will take special measures to remove illegal hoardings in the city, Mayor Firhad Hakim said on Tuesday.He added that the civic authorities are carrying out a census of hoardings in Kolkata and maintained that the civic body will develop an app to track them. The main monitor will be in the chamber of the Chief Manager. There is also a proposal to develop a similar app to track down parking of vehicles in the fee parking zones in the city. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHakim said the KMC will ask the advertising firms to shift to LED or Canvas hoardings as those made out of flex cause visual pollution and can lead to major accidents when they collapse during storms or norwesters. He said the residents will be able to track the hoardings by downloading the app and in case they have any doubt they can contact the civic authorities immediately. Asked whether the KMC should remove the hoardings that are put up infront of heritage structures, he said the civic authorities will remove them in due course of time. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe illegal hoardings pose a serious threat to the KMC and cause a major dent in its coffer. Earlier, attempts were made to remove illegal hoardings and some of them were brought down as well but the owners of the advertising agencies get hold of political bigwigs and are allowed to carry on after payment of fine. It maybe mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had instructed the KMC to remove all the hoardings from the heritage zones some years ago.