In a bid to make the city look more neat and tidy, the state will amend the MCGM Act and make it mandatory for tenants as well as owners to maintain the facade of buildings. MCGM will have zones and different specifications for each area. A decision to amend the MCGM Act was taken in the cabinet meet. The state also said cracks on the exterior of a house should be filled up and TV cables as well as apparatus of the cable networks must not hang out. The walls must be painted well. The civic body will be empowered to issue notices to buildings with an ugly facade and they will have to repair it in 30 days. If the society or the owner fails to repair and re-paint the exterior, then the civic body would do it and would ask them to pay for it. Any delay in payment would result in a penalty at 2% per month. However, the state has spared the slums that are votebanks of political parties stating that though slums spoil the city’s ambience, they cannot punish them until the people are rehabilitated. Bureau report NMTV

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