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Municipality plans to target illegal billboards & posters

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PART paving Wafra-Mina Abdullah road

KUWAIT CITY, March 9: The Kuwait Municipality is preparing an integrated plan to contain the spread of what it called ‘violating’ billboards that are mushrooming along the roads, roundabouts, and the interior and main streets, reports Al-Rai daily.

This is in addition to banners hanging from residential buildings offering apartments for rent, sale or purchase of real estate in addition to posters placed on lampposts including those which offer private tuition or any unlicensed billboard.

The sources revealed a meeting will be held between Municipality officials and the concerned ministry and other authorities the legality of such violations and legal procedures to be taken against violators.

The owner of the infringing advertisement will be contacted via the phone number on the advertisement via a text message before taking legal action if the violating advert is not immediately removed.

The daily quoting sources said in the event of the advertiser not adhering to the law, the transactions will be blocked.

In a related context, the sources pointed out that the new work mechanism will include holding an expanded meeting with the Ministry of Commerce and some other government institutions to discuss the issue of controlling the black market trade via social networking websites provided there are controls for publishing ads and accepting them on those sites, including the site’s administration’s request that the advertiser provide them with a valid commercial license proving the validity of their business.

Meanwhile, the Public Authority for Roads and Transportation (PART) has closed part of the Wafra- Mina Abdullah Road to launch asphalt works on it, and opened a deviation road towards Sabah Al-Ahmad City starting from Kilo 1 mark to Kilo 18 mark, reports Al-Rai daily quoting informed sources.

They revealed that PART is expected to finish the work on remaining parts of Wafra Road next month, adding that the project on the Wafra-Mina Abdullah Road, which is 36 kilometers long, costs KD 84.6 million. The sources said the project serves many areas including Ali Sabah Al-Salem (Umm Al-Haiman), Sabah Al-Ahmad City and Wafra Residential Area as well as the farming area and Mina Abdullah Industrial Area. They affirmed that the aim of the project is to facilitate traffic fl ow and reduce traffic congestion.

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