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Billboards to come under Defence Ministry

[Sunday Times.lk, Sunday, 31 October 2010 11:46 No Comment]

Those who wish to put up billboards or cut-outs in public spaces in the city of Colombo will have to get approval from the Ministry of Defence.

“Billboards have been mismanaged, and the Defence Ministry has therefore decided to monitor the placing of billboards and cutouts in the city,” said Media Centre for National Security Director-General, Lakshman Hulugalle.

Billboards have been mismanaged because the CMC has not been functioning, according to Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) commissioner Badrani Jayawardena. She said a committee comprising members of the CMC, the Defence Ministry and the Urban Development Authority (UDA) will be jointly overseeing the approval and placement of billboards and cut-outs.

The CMC has been losing millions of rupees in revenue each year because individuals and organisations that have bought billboard space have defaulted on payments. In addition, a number of hoardings have been put up illegally.

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