2-week ultimatum for billboard advertisers

The Colombo Municipal Council has issued a two-week ultimatum to advertisers, saying that if they do not remove their hoardings in the city, the council will remove them.

Municipal Commissioner Badrani Jayawardena said she had issued the ultimatum in accordance with a Supreme Court order which held that the hoardings in the city were unlawful.

She said the council wanted the advertisers to remove the hoardings because it was a costly exercise for the cash-strapped council.

“We have sent notices to the people who had erected these hoardings. If they don’t remove then, the council would remove and sell the material to cover the cost,” she said.

However it was not clear whether the council could remove hoardings erected on structures in private lands.

Ms. Jayawardena said the council would remove only those hoarding on council or state land.

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