Kathmandu: Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has begun removing illegal hoarding boards, billboards, flex boards, posters and other promotional materials from public places and buildings and rooftops. It also started removing sloppily overhead cables.
Kathmandu Municipal Police Chief, Mr. Dhanapati Sapkota said that areas like Babarmahal, Tinkune and Kalimati are free from visual pollutants and also removing wall paintings and posters pasted on utility poles to make the city visually more attractive. According to KMC, the move will continue indefinitely.
Visual pollutants not only damage the city’s landscape and skyline but also jeopardized the safety of pedestrians and other road users. To make this campaign a success, the government has formed four task forces under the leadership of KMC. Representatives and technicians from the Department of Roads, Department of Urban Development and Building Construction, Nepal Telecommunications Authority, Nepal Electricity Authority, Kathmandu District Administration Office and Metropolitan Police Range are included in the task force.
The meeting chaired by Home Minister Mr.Ram Bahadur Thapa directed the city authority to remove the hoarding boards, posters, and wires that would damage the city’s beauty and had taken the decision to clear the city of the visual pollutant.
The government has also issued a 15-day notice to telephone and internet service providers to remove wires placed on utility poles and to place underground cables. If they failed to remove the wires within the stipulated time, KMC will dispose of them.
Most of the city’s commercial buildings and public places are now filled with hoarding and flex boards. They can be seen on rooftops, verandas, sides of buildings, utility poles and almost everywhere. Likewise, the tangled web of overhead cables also adds to visual pollution.