Ghaziabad agencies to act tough on offenders defacing public places
The move comes during the ongoing Swachh Survekshan, in the run up to which various development and civic agencies worked to create public toilets, paint city’s walls, pillars and clean roads, to ensure Ghaziabad ranks well among the 4,041 cities that are participating in this year’s survey.noida Updated: Feb 04, 2018 23:49 IST
The Ghaziabad municipal corporation has started acting tough against offenders defacing public property despite attempts by the authorities to beautify the city.
The municipal corporation has lodged FIRs and penalized people and agencies whose posters were found pasted on public walls and pillars of elevated roads, etc.
The move comes during the ongoing Swachh Survekshan, in the run up to which various development and civic agencies worked to create public toilets, paint city’s walls, pillars and clean roads, to ensure Ghaziabad ranks well among the 4,041 cities that are participating in this year’s survey.
Ghaziabad has fared badly in the past two rounds of the Clean India survey. In, 2017, the city stood 351 out of a total of 434 cities on cleanliness parameters. In 2016, Ghaziabad again stood 67th in a line of 73 cities being adjudged.
“We are working very hard to give the city a clean look. But, overnight, people paste posters and pamphlets on freshly walls and pillars. We have lodged FIRs and have imposed financial penalties, with a minimum penalty of ₹5,000 per instance. The FIRs have been lodged under sections of Damages to Public Property Act,” municipal commissioner CP Singh said, adding that in some cases, offenders have been fined up to ₹1.5 lakh.
Corporation officials said they have lodged seven FIRs and have also levied fines on firms and coaching centres, among others, whose pamphlets were pasted on walls and pillars which were painted recently.
Colonel TP Tyagi (retired), president of flat owners’ federation, said, “The practice of pasting posters on public property is rampant in Ghaziabad. Even politicians are responsible for defacing public property to get publicity. The offenders should be dealt with strictly. Side by side, officials should also apprise the printing press and publicity agencies that their staff must refrain from pasting any material on public property.”
The municipal corporation is not the only agency that is getting affected by offenders defacing the city.
Recently, miscreants painted their names and made graffiti on the newly constructed Hindon elevated road near Raj Nagar Extension. The Ghaziabad development authority had roped in artists to paint all the pillars near Vasundhara, the central verge and the dividers.
GDA superintending engineer SS Verma said that after this incident, the authority officials wrote to the senior superintendent of police to deploy additional cops in the area to prevent miscreants from defacing public property. “Since the road has not been opened for public, youths often take their vehicles on the road. It is difficult for the private guards deputed there to tackle such miscreants, so police intervention is required,” he said.
The survey, which started on January 4, will go on till March 10.