Taking a serious view of illegal hoardings and banners in various parts of the city, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi has decided to have them removed as the festival of Diwali is over. Instructions have been issued not to allow new banners or posters to come up on walls.

All Zonal Deputy Commissioners have been told to issue directions to their staff to ensure that no unauthorised poster or banner is allowed to be put up on the walls. Instructions have also been issued to take immediate action for removal of these illegal publicity materials and also lodge FIRs against the offenders.

The MCD has sought an action taken report by October 31.

According to the Delhi Prevention of Defacement of Property Act, 2007, defacement of properties and walls is a cognizable offence and those guilty shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend up to one year, or with fine which may extend up to Rs.50,000 or both.