Campaign to get rid of hoarding boards intensifies in Lalitpur

- POST REPORT, Lalitpur

Nov 9, 2014-

In an attempt to reduce visual pollution and beautify the city, the Lalitpur Sub-Metropolitan City (LSMC) has started removing illegal flex boards/hoarding from various parts of the city.

However, the sub-metropolis has removed only 25 such boards that have placed haphazardly in a week with officials at the LSMC saying that the hoardings were too huge to remove easily, as it took even two days to remove some of them.

The LSMC is set to remove all the horizontal boards from the public areas as well as from the rooftops of houses as they occupied more space and overlapped each other. The city authorities had decided to initiate the campaign against illegal hoarding boards a month ago.

“We are removing all the hoarding boards from the major thoroughfares of the city,” said Tara Bahadur Karki, chief executive officer at the LSMC.

Most of the flex boards/hoardings have been attached to houses and commercial complexes in the city. Currently, the authorities have been working to remove the boards installed at some of the major areas such as Patan, Lagankhel and some parts of Satdobato in the city. Two teams had been deployed to remove the boards.

“We have already finished removing the boards placed along the major road sections of Kupandole, Pulchowk, Jawalakhel and Kumaripati,” said Kadam Lal Maharjan, Deputy Superintendent of Police at the sub-metropolis.

The authorities said they plan conclude the campaign of removing the hoardings within a week. “The people of the city have been cooperating with us well to remove the boards, thus making our work easy,” said Maharjan.

The sub-metropolis had signed an agreement with the Himalayan Construction and Suppliers in order to effectively remove the boards. Along with the hoarding boards, the LSMC has also been removing street and pole banners from the city.

Greenery to get a major boost

Various corporate houses along with NGOs have joined hands with the Lalitpur Sub-Metropolitan City (LSMC) to give the city a greener look by planting trees along the major road stretches in the city starting next week.

Realising the need to make the city beautiful, clean and healthy, the sub-metropolis took the initiative of placing trees on either side of the road that stretches from Kupandole-Jawalakhel and Satdobato. Suitable and useful plants ranging from 4 to 5 feet in height, will be kept along the 5-kilometre long road stretch during the initial phase of the campaign.

Standard Chartered Bank, Panchakanya Group, Ncell, Plastic Free Himalaya, Save The Planet and Base Nepal has pledged support for the campaign.

“Greening the city is the most visible among all the attempts to make the city look beautiful. So, we plan to place plants along the major road sections in order to promote the greenery of the city,” said Tara Bahadur Karki, chief executive officer at the LSMC.

A total of 250 plants of different species have been selected for the campaign. The sub-metropolis had invited various interested organisations to participate in the campaign as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility through notices and advertisements in newspapers.

“We have allocated space along the various road stretches of the city and the tree saplings will be placed twenty metres apart,” said Pradeep Amatya, Environment Section Chief at the LSMC. “We plan to make the city look greener ahead of the 18th Saarc Summit in November.”

As part of its long-term vision for city beautification, LSMC plans to promote greenery through plantation of several herbaceous and ornamental plants. “In the long run, we will be focusing on beautifying the city with suitable plants and preserving and promoting the existing parks,” said Karki.

 

Published: 10-11-2014 08:47

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