TAMIL NADU

Painted walls that teach a lesson

College students giving finishing touches to an art work on a subway wall in Tiruchi.photo: A.MuralitharanA_MURALITHARAN  

In an effort to create awareness of adhering to traffic rules, good habits and cleanliness among the citizens, the city police has embarked upon a wall painting project in the city.

Under the initiative, the walls, which have high visibility and side walls of major bridges, will be painted on various themes such as cleanliness, use of garbage bins, importance of following traffic rules, wearing helmet and environment protection.

The police have roped in the services of students of a few colleges, including an architecture college, volunteers and donors for executing the project.

In the first phase, the students have begun painting the walls of Melapudur sub-way. The students removed the wall posters and commercial and political advertisements before starting to paint. With attractive colours depicting thematic paintings, the walls of Melapudur sub-way, which were often disfigured by various groups, look neat and clean, carrying social messages to the people.

Commissioner of Police, A. Amalraj told The Hindu that the main idea was to spread awareness on various issues including traffic rules and cleanliness among the people.

The paintings would effectively prevent groups from disfiguring the important public walls. It would enhance the beauty of the city too. It has been decided to paint thematic references on the public walls at T.V.S. Tolgate, Mannarpuram, Palpannai and others.

A. Mayilvahanan, Deputy Commissioner, said involving students and volunteers on the painting project would help them imbibe values. They would in turn become messengers of good behaviour, attitude, clean habits and ambassadors of cleanliness. The project would be completed within a few days, he added.

R. Srinivasan, Divisional Cluster Head, Nippon Paint, Tiruchi, which had sponsored paint for the project, said the initiative would make a difference among the citizens of Tiruchi.