Thursday, 27 August 2009

24-Aug: Poster free day

With focus on upcoming Commonwealth Games, MCD has launched a drive to rid the city of posters and declared Aug 24 as Poster Free Day.

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) said on Thursday that their team managed to remove 8,000 posters in a single day. Attempting to make Delhi’s walls free from posters and handbills, According to Additional Deputy Commissioner Amiya Chandra, 400 MCD staffers in 12 zones in coordination with 14 traders associations and several resident welfare associations (RWA) swung into action and were 'very successful'.

Municipal Commissioner K.S. Mehra said that the campaign was launched “to make the city look clean and beautiful ahead of the Commonwealth Games scheduled in October 2010″.

Interestingly, there is a reason behind the timing of MCD’s defacement drive.

“The decision was taken because it is monsoon season, the posters or hand bills or pamphlets stuck on the walls of the public properties get soggy and can be easily removed,” Mehra explained.

Now that we have made an attempt, residents should on their own have the urge to remove a poster. We all walk the city, so when out on a morning walk, rip one off. All it needs is each person to remove one poster”.

Under the Delhi Prevention of Defacement of Property Act 2007, defacement of public property or walls is a cognizable offence and doing so can warrant imprisonment for a term up to one year or fine of Rs.50,000.


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