SC puts ban on visual pollution
Law practitioners claim that this ban on visual pollution is the first in the whole of South Asia
Sep 3, 2015-The Supreme Court on Wednesday banned all forms of hoarding boards, paintings, posters and pamphlets which may constitute ‘visual pollution’ on walls, roofs and poles in the Capital.
Responding to a writ petition filed by environmental advocate Padam Bahadur Shrestha, a joint bench of justices Kalyan Shrestha and Om Prakash Mishra issued an interim order in the name of defendants to immediately remove or clean visual pollutants.
Kathmandu Metropolitan City, its chief and executive officer, its Environment Division, Solid Waste Management Technical Support Centre, Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Urban Development, Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development, Kathmandu District Administration Office and Ministry of Home Affairs were mentioned as the defendants in the writ.
Deciding that Kathmandu has lost its beauty due to visual pollution, the Supreme Court directed concerned agencies to immediately ensure clean environment in the city.
This is the first time in the country’s history where the Supreme Court has intervened in controlling visual pollution and law practitioners even claim that this is the first in the whole of South Asia.
Published: 03-09-2015 08:14
- Supreme Court