Ugly bills! Enough already!

Time to kill the bills?

Isn’t there any law against putting up posters just about anywhere? Well, there should be. It is, after all, an abuse of public property. Look at these pics, you will find many such bills on walls, trees, posts, or literally on any surface that has any kind of visibility.

The pic above and the one below were taken on Bellary road on either sides of Mekhri circle. The side walls of these ramps are repeatedly smothered with movie posters.

Ugly legacy! For whom?

What’s with painting the walls? Are these to last forever?

‘Don’t spare any surface’ seems to be the motto!

9 Comments so far

  1. Ravi (unregistered) on April 20th, 2007 @ 8:20 pm

    Thought provoking, to say the least. My guess is that if politicians and parties refrain from this activity, people will get the hint!

  2. silkboard (unregistered) on April 20th, 2007 @ 8:37 pm

    incidentally, TOI has a center page editorial on the subject today – and it argues that BBMP is proving it is ineffective. When BBMP cant track penalise people who conveniently leave their pictures and phone numbers on most of these posters and ads, it is either being ignorant or doesn’t have enough staff to do it. Ineffective of them either way you see it.

  3. tarlesubba (unregistered) on April 20th, 2007 @ 9:34 pm

    Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation(HDMC) is contemplating to ban pasting of film posters on the both private and public buildings in the twin cities from March 1. The corporation will book police cases against cinemaowners who are found guilty of violatillg the orders.

    read more about this at

  4. Chitra (unregistered) on April 20th, 2007 @ 10:00 pm

    @ Ravi, oh well, political parties are the prime culprits along with cinema guys. But, ‘taking a hint’, well that’s giving people too much credit. :)

    @ SB, hmmm didn’t know about TOI. I just don’t read the TOI. Can’t get myself to. I am digressing.

    TarleSubba, we will have to watch for the progress there to know if what they are proposing will work or not.

  5. silkboard (unregistered) on April 20th, 2007 @ 11:14 pm

    Tarle, whats the point in issuing a ban? BBMP too doesn’t allow unauthorized hoardings, but tell me if you dont see any. The point is about enforcing these bans and diktats. I don’t think our city bodies are good at enforcement at these levels yet.

  6. tarlesubba (unregistered) on April 21st, 2007 @ 2:18 am

    pranav, correct. idea is one thing but implementation another.

    manivannan is talking of holding the theater owners responsible. he’s also tried to take distributors and owners into confidence before issuing the ban. if his record is any indication, you can be sure this will come to pass as intended.

    so how many theaters are there in bangalore 100-200? all jairaj has to do is take 100 people into confidence and half the problem would dissapear.

  7. SHADOW (unregistered) on April 22nd, 2007 @ 12:13 pm

    Few years back there was a strong vigilence from BMP on film posters on walls, That is the time when poster shifted from walls to approved rhordings, but later again this started on walls, This time BBMP is very quite.

  8. Anil (unregistered) on April 22nd, 2007 @ 6:24 pm

    On Marathahalli Bridge… yes the new one had posters the minute half the road was open. This was to Wish some politician on his Birthday. A week before inaugaration I saw some workers trying to remove all that. They had a big picture of that guy. Why can’t we fine that person on the poster? Once we do that he will make sure that the posters are not put up for him.
    Another major set I have seen are for Rooms available, Paying guest kind of’s. The phone numbers are up there, get the address from the phone companies and send them a big bill for cleaning purpose. That’s enough, we will see the change in no time. How come people like to make the city look as much dirty as possible?
    I feel the best approach would be to provide a board right next to Bus stops where people can stick these. There will be only one of them. If some one wants to look up for some information like rooms, which politicians birthday it is… it will be easy to locate.
    One more thing I have noticed is people having their business boards near the street corner. They are of every size, shape and color. There are no standards. Instead there should be a standard size and shape boards just like they have in office buildings(for floors). They could be in different colors to distinguish. Who ever wants to post it will have to pay monthly for this and if they put up some other board will be fined heavily. This is a great business idea too… If any one wants to start it I have some nice add-ons for this.
    I am glad to hear that Hubli-Dharwad is taking strict action. I definitely feel things are improving a lot in that area. Except the main city(downtown) area, rest all has been improved a lot. You are doing a wonderful job Mr. Manivannan. Congratulations.

  9. anita (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2007 @ 5:31 pm

    they look truly ugly! colourful graffiti (though also considered to be a menace in some cities!) would be a more attractive option methinks :)

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