SMC mulls tough action against defacement of public, private property

Acting tough against the defacement of public and private property in the city, Srinagar Municipal Corporation has constituted teams to book the violators.
SMC mulls tough action against defacement of public, private property
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Acting tough against the defacement of public and private property in the city, Srinagar Municipal Corporation has constituted teams to book the violators.

An order issued by SMC states that action against violators will be taken as per the Municipal Corporation Act 2000.

"It has been found that individual/business unit holders and various other agencies are involved in defacement of city by way of fixing hoardings, banners, drawings on walls, shops, roof top buildings, which also includes advertisement slogans on shutters of shops which is creating defacement of City landscape and thus constitutes offence under section 85,115,116 of the Municipal Corporation Act 2000," reads the order.

"All the ward officers have been directed to identify all such individuals/agencies who are involved in this illegal act. The persons/individuals/agencies found involved in this illegal act shall be fined/challaned on spot," it adds.

It said that the continuation of this offence may invite imprisonment of six months.

In most of the city areas, apart from commercial advertisements and hoardings, pro-freedom graffiti had surfaced on walls and shop shutters.  

Commissioner SMC Dr Shafqat Khan said that municipal wards officers have been authorized to penalize the violators on spot. "Teams have been formed for each municipal ward headed by concerned municipal ward officer. These officers will be assisted by their respective subordinates," he added.

"This is ensure that signage providing public information are not defaced and there are no illegal advertisements, hoardings or posters at chowks, on roads, in public places and private buildings," he said. 

He added that these special teams have been authorized to remove the defacement. "We have provided them paint to clear the defacement" he added.

SMC authorities have also appealed to NGOs and welfare clubs to create awareness against defacement of the public and private properties in the city.

"The SMC authorities have announced that it will start removing illegal posters, advertisements and banners from the public and private property," said an official, who is not authorized to speak to media.

He added that those who will be found repeating the violation may face imprisonment for six months and borne expenses incurred on the removal of defacements.

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