Kathmandu, June 26
Although the haphazard hoarding boards and posters have degraded the beauty of the city, the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) is yet to properly remove them.
The government had decided to remove vulgar hoarding boards but the decision is yet to be implemented effectively throughout the city.
Most of the vulgar hoarding boards and posters are related with films and other advertisements. The vulgar film posters have covered each corner and wall of the city.
The hoarding boards not only give ugly looks to the city but can cause fatal road accidents.
KMS had organized the campaign to remove the vulgar hoarding boards and posters some months ago. But such hoarding boards and posters could still be seen Maitighar, Ratanpart, Sundhar, Tripureshwor and Thapathali areas in the valley.
Chief of Metropolitan City, Kedar Bahadur Adhikari accepted that the hoarding boards had reduced the charm of city. He informed that KMC will introduce new rule to manage the hoarding boards.
Anti vulgar posters and ad material campaign will be resumed in the next fiscal year, he said.
He informed that permission to put on hoarding boards have been given as per the local government act-2055 B.S.
Nawaraj Dhakal, Senior Treasure Officer at revenue division of KMC, said that the vulgar looking posters and hoarding boars could be removed while others could be left untouched.
There are 550 to 600 hoarding boards in the capital and KMC is collecting more than Rs. 20 million in revenue every year, he informed.
The hoarding boards also undermine the values of UNESCO World Heritage Site (WHS) and also send the negative impression among the both national and foreign tourists, said officers of Department of Archeology (DoA)
Kathamandu Metropolitan City (KMC) is the main responsible body for the management the hoarding boards of the city area and for the maintenance of beauty of the important sites of the city, said Damodar Gautam, Chief of DoA.
Gautam said that the ancient heritage preservation act- 2013 B.S. has prohibited to put on posters, hoarding boards, telephone and electric wires and to shoot movies along with carrying out other unsocial activities at the premises of WHS.
There are seven WHS in the capital ands it was a shameful act to put on hording boards at such historic areas. But the hoarding boards could be seen around and at the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur durbar square, Swoyambhunath , Boudha, Changu Narayan and Pashupati areas.