Billboards no more…
14 November 2011 (Statesman News Service)
KOLKATA, 14 NOV: It’s official now. All billboards in front of parks and gardens will have to be removed by 21 November. The decision was taken at a meeting on the city’s urban beautification (or the “clean and green” campaign) at which the state urban development minister, Mr Firhad Hakim, and Kolkata Mayor Mr Sovan Chatterjee were present. Senior officials of the city police, state urban development and municipal affairs department, Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA), state irrigation and waterways department, and public works department were also present.
The civic authorities have already begun writing to outdoor advertisement agencies to remove all billboards put up in front of parks and gardens by 21 November. It has been found that 38 giant illegal billboards have been put up between Park Circus Bridge Number 4 and Chingrighata, for example. The state government has declared a vast area fromNSCBIAirport to Bridge No. 4 (viaRajarhat-NewTown) as a green corridor where no billboards will be allowed.
Billboards have been put up in front ofAllen Park located at the intersection ofPark Street andCamac Street where a statue of Mother Teresa has been installed. Billboards have also been put up in front of CurzonPark. Hoardings have been put up on the railings of the rotary at Gol Park in front of Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, where a statue of Swami Vivekananda is installed. Advertisers have already had to remove all billboards from the city’s heritage zone.