Defaced layout maps of no use to strangers at Urban Estate in Patiala

  • Mahi Ahluwalia, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Jun 22, 2016 13:08 IST
A layout map at Urban Estate lying defaced with graffiti in Patiala. (Bharat Bhushan/HT Photo)

In case you are lost in the Urban Estate and consult a layout map there, you will most likely end up wasting your time, as many of such maps installed at strategic locations in both sectors of the Patiala Development Authority’s modern housing complex are lying defaced with posters and graffiti. Meanwhile, at few places, the maps are even found missing from the map pins, turning it to be a wasteful expenditure.

These maps were installed to help outsiders to navigate the place of their visit inside the housing society spread over hundreds of acres now. But the authorities have neither maintained these boards properly nor penalised those defacing the government property.

A visit by HT revealed that the layout map installed at the entrance of Phase 2 of the Urban Estate was full of graffiti, making it almost impossible to read.

Area resident Harmeet Singh said, “These navigating maps should be maintained well for the convenience of those who are not familiar with the locality, which now has spread even across Phase 3.”

Sharing his experience, another resident Jaspreet Singh said once he tried to consult the map near the market area after a stranger sought his help in locating a resident’s house. “But I could not help him since the map was totally unreadable due to defacement,” he said, adding that the government spent money on these navigators, but it was not serving the purpose.

Residents demanded the authorities to penalise those who try to deface public property in their area under the relevant Punjab Defacement Act. They complained that several pockets in the locality were lying defaced by posters of coaching centres.

When contacted, assistant chief administrative officer Gurmeet Singh said no one had ever brought it to his notice the fact that the navigation maps were defaced. “Now that it has come to my notice, all the maps would be refurbished in a few days,” he added.

One of the defaced maps is adjacent to the State Bank of Patiala building, which shares a common wall with the PUDA office. However, none of the authorities took notice of the vandalised map.

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