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Cops ‘flexing’ banners to clear traffic

ENARADA, Bengaluru, Tuesday, August 2, 2016

By Guruprasad

Sometimes, it feels that Bengaluru should be renamed as ‘Flexuru’ if one goes by the illegal flex boards that dot the city’s landscapes.

The ‘netas’ and their ‘chelas’ love their faces so much that they go on pasting these flexes with their names for all non-descript reasons (from birthday wishes to SSLC ranks and from obits to foreign trips). Despite this being an illegal one, people can go to any extent to show their ‘flexibition’.

In one such instance, even police chowki at Basaveshwaranagar-Chord road junction (Opposite National Public School) wasn’t spared.

Worse, the women traffic cop who was sitting in the chowki couldn’t discharge her duty as the motorists could never see her hand movements. As a result, the entire traffic on the busy road went chaotic. Luckily, for the woman cop, her colleagues travelling by the road were of some help as they got down and personally razed the flex banner. Now, one wonder if the cops are victims of these flex banners, then imagine the plight of a common man?

Police removing Flex in Bengaluru on August 2, 2016. Photo by ww
A flex muscle has been put in such a way that it covered the entire police chowki at Basaveshwaranagar-Chord road junction. Finally, a traffic cop had to remove the banner so that the personnel could easily manage the traffic. Photos by www.enarada.com

police removing Flex in Bengaluru on August 2, 2016. Photo by ww

Police removing Flex in Bengaluru on August 2, 2016. Photo by ww

Police removing Flex in Bengaluru on August 2, 2016. Photo by ww

The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike always express its helpless over the flex issue. According to estimates, there are around 50,000 illegal banners and hoardings in the city and their numbers can significantly go up during the festivals. Even the Karnataka High Court had taken the civic agency to task for not tackling the banner issue. Though the BBMP is empowered to book cases against illegal banners/hoardings under the Karnataka Open Places (Prevention of Disfigurement) Act, the action remains only paper (like flex banners) and hardly implemented.

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