Karnataka Current Affairs – KAS/KPSC Exams- 18th September 2018

Cotton replaces PVC as printers try to stay afloat

  • Following the ban by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) on display of flex and banners in the city, advertisers are making use of cotton to print their advertisements.
  • While the civic body is clear that it will not allow any banners to be put up, eco-friendly or otherwise, shopkeepers are clinging on to whatever little business they get by embracing cotton.
  • Though printers have found an alternative material in cotton, shopkeepers said it had not been very effective as the fabric absorbs a lot of ink and the print looks dull on it.
  • However, the BBMP will not allow cotton banners
  • There is a clear direction not to display any banners. Cotton or not, we will remove those boards if we find anyone using it

‘Owners of 212 more illegal ad hoardings dismantled structures’

  • The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) on 17th Sep told the Karnataka High Court that 212 more metal structures put up illegally for displaying advertisements have been removed voluntarily by the owners of such structures in addition to 107 that were removed voluntarily earlier.
  • A submission in this regard was made before a division bench comprising Chief Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and Justice R. Devdas, which is monitoring actions of the civic body in removing all illegal banners, hoardings and flexes through three PIL petitions.
  • “The law must reach them,” the bench observed when the BBMP counsel said that action as per law is being initiated against the owners of the around 1,600 such structures who have neither responded to the BBMP’s public notices for submitting documents to establish that structures were put up legally nor have removed the structures.
  • The counsel told the bench that the BBMP will file applications before the respective civil courts with requests to advance the hearing on the suits filed by certain advertisement agencies who had questioned the BBMP action of cancelling or not renewing licences for hoardings. Several such suits are pending before the civil courts since 2008.

By-law

  • The BBMP counsel said that the draft advertisement by-law would soon be put in the public domain seeking suggestions and objections from the public and other stake-holders as per provisions of the Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act.
  • The government, which had received the BBMP’s draft by-laws, had advised the civic body to submit the draft by-laws for approval after securing views of the public as per the law.

Apply online for land conversion

  • In an effort to simplify the approval for conversion of agricultural land to non-agricultural uses, the State government is set to launch an online application format.
  • Under the simplified procedure, the owner will have to submit an application with details of land and survey number, along with an affidavit. In cases that require partial conversion or RTC having multiple owners or in case of Pyki RTCs given to government granted land, the owners have to submit 11E sketches along with the application and affidavit.
  • The recently amended provisions of the Karnataka Land Revenue Act, 1964 provides for ‘deemed conversion’ if the Deputy Commissioner does not inform his decision to the applicant within four months after the application is made.
  • The new procedure is applicable to only those applications that are in conformity with law.
  • The software will not accept applications that do not confirm with the land use pattern plotted in the master plan
  • The online procedure removes the delay and also reduces the number of documents required for conversion. It is transparent
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