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Graffiti on overhead tanks: City beautification or safety hazard?

Raising questions over the graffiti being drawn on the overhead water tanks by the municipal corporation (MC) that are visible from roads, a member of national road safety council claimed that the commuters would get distracted and it could lead to mishaps.

punjab Updated: May 17, 2016 13:08 IST
Harshraj Singh
Graffiti on an overhead water tank near Old GT Road in Ludhiana.
Graffiti on an overhead water tank near Old GT Road in Ludhiana.(JS Grewal/HT Photo)

Raising questions over the graffiti being drawn on the overhead water tanks by the municipal corporation (MC) that are visible from roads, a member of national road safety council claimed that the commuters would get distracted and it could lead to mishaps.

With an aim to make Ludhiana as graffiti capital of India, the municipal corporation has announced with much fanfare that it is drawing graffiti on the pillars at underbridges of the highways including Ludhiana-Delhi national highway and Southern bypass. It has also started a campaign to beautify the overhead water tanks with graffiti on the flex sheets.

Newly painted graffiti of a flyover on the National Highway-1 at Samrala Chowk. (JS Grewal/HT Photo)

Road safety expert Kamaljit Soi, who is a member of national road safety council, claimed that the graffiti on the overhead water tanks could cause mishaps as these were causing distraction to the commuters.

He claimed that the Punjab and Haryana high court has ordered not to display any advertisements on the highways as commuters get distracted. He also raised questions over the graffiti being drawn on the pillars under flyovers. He suggested that the civic body should take consultation regarding this from the experts.

“If any mishap takes place on roads due to distraction by graffiti, the municipal corporation should be held responsible,”he said.

A city resident Kuldeep Singh Khaira claimed that the graffiti should not be drawn on the overhead water tanks which are visible from the roads.

On the other hand, a member of non-government organisation (NGO) Sambhav, Rahul Verma, said that the graffiti on pillars underbridges in the city areas are giving a beautiful look to the city. He claimed that there were no chances of mishaps at Samrala Chowk, Jalandhar bypass and other places as the graffiti are being drawn on underbridges where the speed limit on the roads is 50 km/hr.

Municipal corporation commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said, “Graffiti is being done in all major cities of India. If there will be any legal guidelines we will comply.”

MC TO INSTALL FLEXES WITH GRAFFITI ON OVERHEAD TANKS

The municipal corporation has announced to beautify more overhead water tanks at various locations with graffiti on the flex sheets. The sites where civic body will do the graffiti, include water tanks in Dholewal Chowk, Cheema Chowk, Rose Garden, Club Road, Jawahar Nagar, BRS Nagar block H.

The civic body has got a flex sheet installed at overhead water tank in Gill Chowk.

Thori said that graffiti on overhead water tanks is actually a unique concept and even people like it so they have decided to pick main locations for the same.

He added that they were doing eight sites and gradually would cover all 61 overhead water tanks in phases through sponsors.