Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2016-06-22 20:31 Bengaluru: To check the menace of illegal hoardings in Bengaluru, Bengaluru Development Minister K J George on Wednesday announced more powers to the Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force, while BBMP commissioner said those defacing public property would land behind bars for six months.“We have decided to take stringent action against those putting up illegal hoardings in the city,” said George. “Police protection would be given to the staff while removing advertisement boards and any attack on the staff will invite strict action. The government agencies should work in co-ordination to initiate action against illegal hoardings with the help of BMTF.”Bengaluru Police Commissioner N S Megharik said a proposal for giving more powers to BMTF was pending before the Home department. He hoped that an order would be passed soon.“Strict action will be taken against those found printing advertisement material without the proper permission from concerned authority,” he said.Manjunath Prasad, BBMP commissioner, warned against defacing public property by pasting posters on government buildings. “The guilty will face six months jail term,” said the commissioner.Authorities also announced the launch of a drive with the help of police to remove illegal hoardings, banners, flexes and other display materials in the city.