Poster menace continues unabated in Mysuru

Flyers being pasted on the walls of a road under bridge near Saraswathipuram Fire Brigade in Mysuru on Sunday.

Flyers being pasted on the walls of a road under bridge near Saraswathipuram Fire Brigade in Mysuru on Sunday.  

The Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) may have expressed commitment to making the city poster-free, but film and advertisement posters continue to deface walls across Mysuru.

While film posters prop up whenever new films release, posters of goods and services too are being pasted with impunity by commercial enterprises.

While advertisement posters were seen pasted at the road under bridge near Saraswathipuram Fire Brigade on Monday, film posters are regularly pasted on walls in N.R. Mohalla near Devanur Tank Bund Road.

In February, the MCC launched an anti-defacement campaign as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan under the guidance of ‘Poster Hatao India’ campaigner and Union Urban Development Ministry consultant Col. Shivaraj Kumar. The civic body had promised to spare no effort to bring to book those defacing public and private property with posters, banners and writing.

‘No cases yet’

Even the city police were roped in to register criminal cases against offenders under the Karnataka Open Spaces (Prevention of Disfigurement) Act, 1981. According to the law, those found guilty can be punished with a penalty of ₹1,000 or imprisonment for six months, or both.

But Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime and Traffic) N. Rudramani said not a single case has been booked so far. “We have not received any complaints from the MCC. We can book cases only after receiving a complaint.”

According to MCC authorities, the zonal commissioners have been directed to initiate action against offenders in their areas. A photo of the poster should be taken before the MCC’s rapid action team, Abhaya, is summoned for removing it. “Subsequently, the zonal commissioners should send notices to the offenders and take action,” an MCC official said.

“We keep doing this routinely. Recently, the walls near the bishop’s house were awash with film posters. We removed them. Notices may have also been sent to the offenders,” an MCC official said.

A senior MCC official said the civic body has also banned advertisement hoardings. “Since April 2015, the MCC has neither issued new advertisement licences nor renewed existing ones,” the official said. Without advertisement hoardings, outdoor advertisement is only through these illegal posters.

Though the MCC had plans to come up with a WhatsApp number for the public to take pictures of illegal posters and share them with the authorities, no such forum has been created so far.

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