Move forced by police advisory on IED scare on routes regularly used by VIPs including the chief minister
A security advice to remove lollipops (A d displaying boards on road dividers) by the City police department has put Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) officials on a high alert. But at the same time, it is also resulting in loss of revenue for the corporation which is scouting for income generating sources.
Officials are busy these days removing lollipops installed on dividers of arterial roads of the City. Some of these stretches include Banjara Hills Road No.1 and 2, famous Necklace road near IMAX theatre.
The most important reason for the removal of these lollipops is a security advice from the police department, as they can be used to plant bombs by anti-social elements. The contention of police is that Hyderabad which witnesses a lot of VIP movement is prone to such attacks.
Immediately after receiving the advisory from the cops, the GHMC officials have decided to remove lollipops from all the important stretches of the City once their contract expires. The officials have already removed these boards from Banjara Hills Road No.1.
“We have initiated the process of removing lollipops as per the police advice. All these lollypops are leased out. So, we are removing them as their contract expires,” GHMC assistant engineer (advertisements) K Narsing Rao told Postnoon on Friday.
Removal of these lollipops is also directly leading to the loss of revenue to the GHMC, while its officials are trying to increase the income of the corporation through various means. They are now exploring the ways on how to fill the loss of revenue.
The officials are planning to crack the whip on illegal hoarding owners and increase their income. It may be emphasised here that the lollypops have been erected at 20 important roads across GHMC limits and the number of these board runs into hundreds.
With the eviction of these advertisement boards, the GHMC may now bring in stricter rules for flexis and vinyl hoardings that pop up without any official permission. This is likely to add more than expected revenues.
A GHMC committee recently recommended that the hoardings should not be put up near temples, educational institutions and tourist sports without proper licence. This is being viewed as another source of income.