Finally swinging into action to check defacement in SAS Nagar, the Municipal Corporation (MC) of SAS Nagar has forwarded the names of 22 violators to the police for registration of cases.
Posters and advertisements dot every nook and cranny of the town.
Most of the walls of SAS Nagar, be it residential areas or commercial places, street light poles and even the newly installed unipoles and foot-over bridges, are being used freely by residents as well as advertisers to paste posters or advertisements.
Commissioner of the SAS Nagar municipal corporation Uma Shankar Gupta said, “The defacement of public property will not be allowed and after issuing notices, we have forwarded the names of 22 violators to the police for registration of cases.”
As per Punjab Defacement and Public Property Act, 1998, “Whoever defaces any property in public view by writing or marking with ink, chalk, paint or other material; except for the purpose of indicating the name and address of the owner or occupier of such property, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three months or with fine which may extend to one thousand or with both.”
Even though student elections in Panjab University and its affiliated colleges are a few weeks away, posters can be seen in most parts of the township as student bodies compete for visibility.
Satvir Singh Dhanoa, president of citizen welfare and development forum, SAS Nagar, said, “Defacement goes unchecked in SAS Nagar as the administration as well as the municipal corporation authorities have failed to initiate action in this regard. Issuing repeated notices or imposing penalty on violators has failed to act as a deterrent and defacement continues unabated.”
He added the menace could be curbed only if the municipal corporation followed up the issue with the police for registering a case against the violators.