Deciding to act tough, the Municipal Corporation of Tirupati (MCT) has embarked on a clean-up drive in the city.

Apart from physically removing flex banners causing hindrance to traffic flow, the authorities have announced to act tough on the moral angle by removing the obscene wall posters that have become an eyesore in the temple city.

With elections to the Tirupati Cooperative Bank round the corner, the ubiquitous flex boards have thoroughly defaced the city, with the candidates in the fray for the post of Directors indiscriminately erecting the banners across the city. The publicity blitzkrieg has reached such an alarming level that roads, traffic islands and medians are completely draped in all forms of graffiti.

“Half of the grievances we have received are from motorists about flex banners obstructing visibility. The candidates are spending a fortune only to incur the people’s wrath”, quips MCT Commissioner L. Murali. The mound of flex banners seized on Tuesday mirrored the sheer recklessness of those who erected them.

Moral clean-up

On the moral front, Mr. Murali said the obscene film posters pasted by a couple of theatres would be removed forthwith.

He recalled the recent meeting held with theatre owners, wherein strict instructions had been issued not to paste such material, as it could affect the sentiments of the devotees on a pilgrimage.

The commissioner led a team of revenue and engineering officials on Tuesday to Postal Colony and Korlagunta to review the works pending for long. “Road and drain-related works worth Rs. 6 crore sanctioned under Special Development Fund and Rs. 5 crore during World Telugu Conference are in the pipeline”, he told media persons.