Greater Noida residents start removing unauthorised posters, banners in citynoida Updated: Jul 03, 2017 10:14 IST
The group’s volunteers said they have seen numerous sign boards covered with posters and banners, making it difficult for commuters to find their way in the city
A group of city residents has started removing unauthorised posters and banners from signages and boards in the city. The group, called the Active Citizens Team, started their poster cleanliness drive on Saturday after several appeals to authorities in Greater Noida failed to get results, the members said.
Sign boards of hospitals, schools, and road signage giving directions to commuters are all covered with posters, according to the group’s members.
“To start with, 15-20 volunteers removed posters and banners from the Alpha-1 commercial complex on Saturday. It will be a continuous process and we will do it at different places in the city where posters have become a menace,” said Harendra Bhati, member, Active Citizens Team.
“We had made several appeals to the authorities responsible for taking down illegal posters and banners in the city, but they have not taken any action. Hence we decided to do it ourselves,” he said.
The group’s volunteers said they have seen numerous sign boards covered with posters and banners, making it difficult for commuters to find their way in the city. “You will find posters even on the district magistrate’s residence board,” Bhati claimed.
Sunil Pradhan, a property dealer and farmer who is also a volunteer in the drive, said, “We had conducted a similar cleanliness drive last year, which was very successful. But if authorities continuously keep a check, such things will not keep recurring.”
“The authorities take up the task for a couple of days when we approach them, but their drives fall flat in no time. The posters and banners start cropping up again,” he added.
However, Alok Singh, another volunteer and a business professional, said, “We cannot keep blaming the authorities for everything that is wrong. Most of the times their workforce has other important things to deal with. When there is no law stopping us from doing something to improve our environment and surroundings, we should contribute.”
A Greater Noida authority official, however, refuted claims of complaints made by the Active Citizens Team. “We have received no complaint from any voluntary group and we keep a check on illegal banners in the city from time to time,” the official said.