Take any wall of the city, be it in the walled-area or in the new, posh areas or even a slum, posters of all kinds stare at you. Public places such as bus stand and railway station posters are swamped with posters of various kinds.
The municipal corporation never seems to have taken the issue of walls getting defaced by posters seriously.
What is a matter of public concern and worry is that signboards with important public information are almost always covered with these posters. For instance, the sign boards that help the visitors find their way are the first causality. This is certainly not a new scenario at all in the city.
It has been going on since ages and concerned authorities seem to pay a no attention to this issue which is only introducing shabbiness in the city.
Even the Amritsar Gate just before the Attari Bye Pass cut from the GT Road is full of posters. A gate that was established to offer a welcome to the city has been taken over by the posters. Coming to the bus stand and railway station, from inside to outside posters can be traced anywhere, presenting an ugly face welcome to the city.
Different organizations, groups including political parties actually deploy employees to put posters in different nooks and corners of the city, whenever they have any plans to host any event.
Nowdays , the city walls have been taken over by posters of Apollo Circus that is on in the city and at the same time, posters of an upcoming grand magic show in the city have also not spared any wall. In other words, they are using city walls for their publicity without any fear.
Single screen cinemas such as Adarsh, Aanam, Inder Palace to name a few and even Big Cinemas (Suraj, Chanda, Tara), a multiplex chain are not behind in slapping the city walls.
HT spoke to few members of Voice of Amritsar (VOA), an Amritsar-based NGO that aims to make the city a better place to live. They suggested imposition of high fines as a possible solution.
I am against those who make the city shabby in any manner. We have employees who remove posters from city walls regularly. We are soon going to start the scenario of slapping fines
DPS Kharbanda, MC commissioner,
The MC should display prominent boards in Punjabi and English warning of punishment for sticking posters anywhere in the city." Dr Rakesh Sharma, activist
By putting posters everywhere, we are giving a shabby look to the city. Many visitors take home a bad impression.
Prabhjeet Singh, activist
A special squad should be formed in association with the city police to patrol roads at night and catch culprits at work. Those caught should be fined heavily. Indu Arora, activist
If MC really cares for the city, they can make Amritsar free from shabby posters. Mandeep Singh, member, activist