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Posted at: Jun 14, 2018, 1:11 AM; last updated: Jun 14, 2018, 1:11 AM (IST)

Defacement of public property goes on unabated in Malout

Defacement of public property goes on unabated in Malout
Workers busy pasting some pamphlets on the side wall of a railway overbridge in Malout town on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Tribune News Service

Malout, June 13

At a time when both the state and Central governments are working under the Swachh Bharat Mission, the defacement of public property is still going on with impunity here in Malout town.

Take any main road in the town and one will find that hardly any public property, like government buildings, boundary walls or railway overbridges, is left that has not been defaced. Even trees are not spared by some private companies, which have nailed their advertisement stuff on these as well.

However, when asked Jagsir Singh Dhaliwal, Executive Officer, Malout Municipal Council, said, “We keep removing pamphlets and hoardings installed illegally in the town. But the contract of advertising sites has been given to a private firm, which takes action against those displaying their advertisement material illegally.”

On the other hand, Hardeep Singh, a local resident, said, “There seems to be a nexus between these private companies and officials of departments concerned and that’s why they are not taking action against those defacing public property. A large number of illegal hoardings are still displayed at the Bathinda Chowk in the town, but hardly any action is taken against those who displayed the boards. It has even resulted into some road mishaps.”

Similarly, Puneet Kumar, another local resident, said, “To promote their business, some pesticide and seeds companies, eating joints have not even spared trees along the roadsides. These companies have nailed their advertisement stuff on the trees, which is a crime. However, the authorities concerned always turn a blind eye towards it. The action against even a single violator may bring positive results, but nobody seems to be willing for the reasons best known to them.”

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