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Posted at: Jun 14, 2019, 8:00 AM; last updated: Jun 14, 2019, 8:00 AM (IST)

Defacement irks Patiala residents

Tribune News Service
Patiala, June 13 

Defacement of public property with posters and paint continues to irk the city residents as the administration is yet to act tough against the violators, majority of them English training centres.

Not only this, signboards on major roads outside the city have also been defaced by the miscreants. They have written names of cities falling in Punjab in Punjabi, while the English translation has been covered with black paint.

“This is causing inconvenience to commuters coming from another state. Suppose you go to Tamil Nadu and do not know Tamil. What will you do if all signboards are in Tamil? Authorities must wake up to their responsibilities,” said Rajkumar, travelling on the Patiala bypass. 

The situation is no good in the city as well as a majority of the walls and buildings are turning into poster walls. People prefer to take corrective measures against defacement of private property without filing a complaint, stating lack of interest on the part of the administration. 

They said posters and pamphlets pasted on walls of hospitals, offices of the administration, underpasses and other unregulated paintings in various areas had tarnished the beauty of the city.

Naseem Anwar Khan, a resident, said: “The administration said they would act swiftly against the defacers. They acted by removing the posters but these appear again after some time. We want the administration to issue hefty fines to check the menace. Even police should act tough against such violators.”

Senior officials said they issued fines every month and this exercise would be made regular now. “Checking defacement in the city is a continuous process. We have held a number of meetings in this regard with the Municipal Corporation officials as well,” they added.

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