Govt agencies removing billboards, posters from today

Published On: December 27, 2019 08:14 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Dec 27: From Friday, several government agencies are set to launch a fresh campaign to remove all billboards, posters, banners and unmanaged cables that are creating visual pollution in Kathmandu. 

A meeting of the agencies concerned held at the Ministry of Home Affairs chaired Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa made a decision to this effect. 

The meeting decided to start removing hoarding boards, banners, posters and whitewash wall paintings in the Kathmandu Valley from Friday and direct the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration to instruct all local governments across the country to initiate similar campaigns. Four separate teams will be deployed in Kathmandu Valley to remove the billboards, pamphlets and posters.

According to Minister Thapa’s Press Coordinator Kiran Bhattarai, the meeting also decided to remove unmanaged power and communication cables if the firms concerned did not manage them within a given deadline. 

Speaking at the meeting, Home Minister Thapa said the campaign was being launched keeping in view the health of the citizens to preserve the beauty of the city. Stating that the Supreme Court had already ordered removal of these things responsible for visual pollution in the city, Thapa said the government is committed to implementing the apex court’s order.

Mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City Bidya Sundar Shakya and Home Secretary Prem Kumar Rai had expressed commitment to implementing the decision of the meeting.

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