BBMP Chief Commissioner Issues Ultimatum for Kannada Signboards in Bengaluru

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Bengaluru, 25th December 2023: Bruhat Bengaluru Municipal Corporation (BBMP) Chief Commissioner Tushar Giri Nath has issued a stern directive, mandating that 60 percent of commercial establishments in Bengaluru display signboards in Kannada by the end of February. Failure to comply will result in the cancellation of trade licenses for these establishments, according to the Chief Commissioner.

During a meeting with Karnataka Raksha Vedike at Malleshwaram IPP Hall, Chief Commissioner Tushar Giri Nath addressed the importance of using Kannada language on the nameplates of all types of commercial establishments, as per municipal regulations. He announced plans for a meeting with all zonal commissioners to provide clear directives on the mandatory use of Kannada on nameplates.

The BBMP Commissioner held a meeting at Malleshwaram IPP Hall with Karnataka Rakshana Vedike, emphasizing the mandatory use of Kannada language on nameplates for all commercial establishments, including hotels, malls, and shops. Stringent action will be taken against those who fail to adhere to this requirement.

Bengaluru, with 1400 km of main roads and subways, will undergo a survey focusing on the shops along these routes to identify compliance with the Kannada language signboard rules. Notices will be sent to shop owners not using 60 percent Kannada language, with a deadline of February 28 to install Kannada nameplates and submit compliance to the respective zone commissioners.

Chief Commissioner Tushar Giri Nath emphasized the enforcement of government orders and corporation circulars, with strict action against those not displaying Kannada nameplates. Legal measures will be taken against shops without Kannada nameplates by February 28, including suspension and subsequent license cancellation.

In addition, Chief Commissioner Tushar Giri Nath called for consultation with the owners of large malls in the city, urging the adoption of Kannada language on nameplates within 15-20 days. Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action according to the law. The meeting included Deputy Commissioner Manjunatha Swamy, Chief Engineer Praveen Lingaya, Karnataka Rakshana Vedike State President Narayana Gowda, representatives of Kannada Sangha, and other officials.