Patna: In a move that would put a check on the increasing number of illegal hoardings and banners in the state capital, Bihar cabinet has approved Patna Municipal Advertisement and visuals regulation Bill.

The government’s move will ease traffic congestion in the city and would fetch revenue to the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC). Remarkably, PMC has already passed this Bill in 2008, but afterwards it was hanging in balance since it could not get government’s sanction. A sum of Rs 16.39 crore was also sanctioned in the meeting as payment towards salary of Magadha University employees, for bridging the gap in their salaries and paying the dues of pension relief fund.

The state government also has approved an ex-gratia payment of Rs one lakh to the dependants of Saturday's firing by Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) in which Niraj Paswan lost his life.

The state government made it mandatory to seek permission from City Commissioner before putting up new hoardings under its new policy and those willing to do so will have to pay a nominal fee. Also the City Commissioner has been authorised to waive some portion of fee in case of educational trusts and advertisements concerned with Public welfare.

But those advertisements will not be allowed to be put up which puts a hurdle to the traffic movement as well as curb greenery and sun-light.

It would be mandatory to seek the permission of architect enlisted by the Municipal Corporation.

Apart from this nod, the municipal corporation has also fixed standard for hoardings. Those banners and hoardings will be removed which don’t follow the rules and regulations.

Also a fine of Rs 50,000 will be levied on those hoardings which are put up in the city without prior permission of Municipal Corporation. Also no hoardings will be permitted in an area which comes under the periphery of 25 meter of the roundabouts.

And also charges will be levied for putting up hoardings and banners.

JPN\ Bureau

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