Defacing public property in Shimla

Candidates in Shimla (U) served notices for defacing public property

He removed the promotional material along with his team. He said the political parties will have to pay the expenditure made by the district administration on removal of the posters/flyers/banners.

Shimla: With the elections come usual visual pollution and defacing of the public property because the political parties or the candidates are ignorant and possess little or no respect towards the rules. Neither they care about maintaining remaining beauty of Himachal’s towns. 

As an appreciable step, the Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Shimal (Urban) Ajit Bhardwaj on Wednesday issued a notice to candidates of various parties who are defacing the public property in the city by pasting their posters, flyers, banners etc.

These candidates include Suresh Bhardwaj, Harish Janartha, Harbhajan Singh Bhajji, and Sanjay Chauhan.

The SDM visited some localities of Shimla and found that parties are not adhering to the places specifically marked for placement of such posters/banners.

He removed the promotional material along with his team. He said the political parties will have to pay the expenditure made by the district administration on removal of the same.

On Tuesday, the district administration and the Municipal Corporation of Shimla had asked these candidates to remove their promotional material from the public property.

The candidates were warned of appropriate legal action as per the rules related to defacing of the public property.

It is an ethical duty of all the political parties and candidates that they show respect to laws and refrain from creating cluttered scene in their respective constituencies.

There is no justification for defacing public property if the administration has already marked specific zones or places for this purpose. 

Photo: Representational/HT

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