Saturday, Date: Mar 25, 2023 Time: 7:03 am

No check on defacement of property in Mohali

Mohali: Several establishments across the city continue to violate the Punjab Prevention of Defacement of Property Act, 1997. Trees, walls, street light poles continue to be defaced without any fear of in Mohali.
According to the Act, nobody can deface public or private property by putting up posters, notices, paintings or banners without prior written permission from the authorities concerned.
Violations under the Act are a cognisable offence and punishable with imprisonment for a term extending up to six months or a fine up to Rs 1,000 or both. Also, under the provisions of Section 3 of the Act, the government is “liable for erasing any writing, removing any defacement or any mark from any public and private property”.
Unauthorised posters and advertisements can be spotted at almost all the street light poles in Mohali which is an eyesore and a blot on the beauty of the city.
Residents added “Some closed groups and NGOs are working to check the defacement of public property, but as soon as the old posters are removed, some agencies and individuals paste new advertisements”.
Residents are irked over illegal pasting of posters by private institutions due to the “apathy” of the authorities towards the growing visual pollution in the city.
Residents said the district administration should conduct raids regularly across the city and seek help from schools, colleges, media agencies, banks, non-governmental and private organisations to create awareness about the prevailing menace.
Recently, teams were formed by Mohali Municipal Corporation but seems to have failed to curb the practice of defacement in Mohali.
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