Equal onus on city police to prevent defacing of public property: Civic admn

Cites HC judgment that corroborates its stand.

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published: December 5, 2013 3:23 am

Unable to check defacing of public property due to pasting of posters and banners,the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) administration on Wednesday reminded the city police of a high court judgment that puts equal responsibility on police to stop this practice in public places.

“It is impossible for the civic administration to keep a check on defacing of public property. The high court had recently clarified that preventing defacing of public property is the joint responsibility of the civic administration and the city police. We have written to the police asking them to take action against people found defacing public places,” said D G More,Deputy Municipal Commissioner,PMC.

He said the city police seek details of offenders from the civic staff to register complaints against them. “They do not catch the offenders themselves and fail to register complaints against them. This encourages people to deface public property as they are aware of police inaction,” said More.

In a proposal,the civic administration has sought approval to appoint teams in four zones to pull down illegal hoardings. “It is practically not possible for one team to pull down illegal hoardings across the city. Separate teams should be formed for each zone to carry out the work,” he said.

Congress leader Avinash Bagawe had asked the civic administration to make some roads free of hoardings as they distract drivers,which can lead to accidents. “The civic body generates major revenue by allowing hoardings on main roads. However,it can frame a policy that makes some other roads free of hoardings,” said More.

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