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Posters continue defacing city walls blatantly

Rameshinder Singh Sandhu , Hindustan Times  Amritsar, December 21, 2013
First Published: 21:24 IST(21/12/2013) | Last Updated: 21:25 IST(21/12/2013)

Be it the walled city area, a posh locality or even a slum unit, posters defacing walls and public property stare at the onlooker any place you visit here.

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In blatant violations of norms, public places are swamped with posters of every kind, courtesy the lackadaisical attitude of the authorities concerned.

What is a matter of public concern and worry is that signboards with important public information are covered with such posters.

The signboards that help the visitors find their way around the city are the first causality. And this certainly is not new in the city.

Still worse, Hall Gate, an important landmark in the city, has not been spared by these posters while advertisements are seen everywhere at the bus stand and the railway station.

Various organisations, including political parties, put posters all around the city whenever they plan to organise an event. Nowadays, walls here are flooded with the posters of Apollo Circus and an upcoming magic show.

Cinema halls such as Adarsh, Aanam, Inder Palace, Suraj, Chanda and Tara, just to name a few, are not far behind when it comes to defacing the city walls.

"I am against those who give the city walls an ugly look. We have employees who remove posters from city walls regularly. We are soon going to start slapping fine on violators," said DPS Kharbanda, municipal commissioner,

HT spoke to some members of Voice of Amritsar (VOA), an Amritsar-based NGO working to make the city cleaner and better.


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"The municipal corporation should display boards warning violators with punishment for putting posters anywhere in the city."
Dr Rakesh Sharma

"By putting posters everywhere, we are giving an ugly look to the city. Many visitors take home a bad impression."
Prabhjeet Singh

"A special squad should be formed in collaboration with police to patrol roads at night and catch the culprits. Those caught should be fined heavily."
Indu Arora, activist

"If the municipal corporation really cares for the city, they can make Amritsar free from such posters."
Mandeep Singh 

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