Guide maps and signboards put around the city to help tourists and commuters are serving little purpose as most of them are disfigured, thus illegible.
Tourists claim they are hardly able to comprehend what is written on guide maps since most of them are defaced with graffiti, posters and spray paint. Ramesh Kumar, a tourist from Mumbai said, “I found it difficult to use the guide map of Chandigarh because it was full of scribbling and graffiti.”
Authorities do not appear to be paying any attention to the sorry state of signboards as a majority of them in Sectors 9, 10 and 11 have either been damaged or torn apart. In Sector 32, the guide map near SD College has been rendered illegible.
A poster has been stuck on the Sector 44 layout map, making it impossible for commuters to use it to find directions.
The fate of cemented and glow signboards is also no different. The cemented signboard in Sector 10, near DAV College, is hardly of any use since its paint has worn out and it is riddled with posters. The glow signboard at the entrance to the city from SAS Nagar Civil Hospital side is also damaged.
The UT administration in the past has said it wanted to bring the city on the global map by promoting tourism. A prerequisite to achieving that goal would be to improve the condition of signboards and maps. In a recent meeting, a proposal, as part of the smart city project, was mooted to run a pilot project in Sector 35 to clearly demarcate the sector’s lanes.
To address the problem and make it easy for visitors to locate their house, residents have started installing glow signboard address plates outside their houses. Additional lights have also been installed on lanes of some posh sectors to help vistors locate houses with ease.
UT home secretary Anurag Agarwal said, “We are in the process of framing a policy to come up with better guide maps and signboards.”