Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) yesterday demolished over 300 illegal billboards and signboards in Gulshan-2, Banani-11 and Pragati Sarani areas.
Mobile courts of DNCC also realised Tk 66,700 through an auction of illegal construction materials that were put out on the footpaths at Pragati Sarani. It realised another Tk 44,000 as fine in nine cases filed over the illegal activities.
DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam treated law-abiders with sweets during the drive. "Those who paid the taxes will get treated to sweets. Those who don't will get fined," he said during a drive at Gulshan-2.
"We have also started a drive to put up on auction any construction materials which are found stocked on footpaths illegally," the mayor said.
Urging people to not keep any such materials out on the footpaths, the mayor said people of the city want clean footpaths and want to walk uninterrupted.
DNCC had earlier announced the drive and asked residents and businesses to pay dues to city corporation by September 14.
Over the last three days, DNCC received around Tk 1.1 crore for the legalisation of billboards and signboards.