MCDs do not act against defacement of public property

MCDs do not act against defacement of public property

By DIBYENDU MONDAL | New Delhi | 2 October, 2016
MCD, DUSU polls, public property, graffitti, election posters
No action has been taken so far by the authorities against those who violated the laws
The three MCDs (Municipal Corporation of Delhi) have not acted on the letter issued by the Delhi University last month to take “strict action” against defacement of public property during the recently concluded Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) elections.

The three MCDs (Municipal Corporation of Delhi) have not acted on the letter issued by the Delhi University last month to take “strict action” against defacement of public property during the recently concluded Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) elections. Though several public properties, including sign boards, walls and metro pillars across the National Capital, have been defaced with election posters and graffiti publicising the names of the candidates and political parties, the MCDs failed to identify and take any action against the violators of the Delhi Defacement of Public Property Act 2007. The letter, which the Delhi University had written to the MCDs, said, “Every year, we see tonnes of paper lying on the roads, defacing public property. As per the Defacement of Property Act, nobody is allowed to deface public property.”

The Act says that defacement includes impairing or interfering with the appearance, damaging, disfiguring, spoiling or injuring of property in any way, which includes any building, hut, structure, wall, tree, fence, post, pole or any other erection. Violaters shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term, which may extend to one year, or with fine, which may extend to Rs 50,000, or with both. The MCDs have, however, said that they have not received any such letter from the Delhi University. Sanjeev Nayaar, Mayor of North Delhi Municipal Corporation, told The Sunday Guardian, “I am not aware of any such notice, but defacement of public property is an offence and we need to identify them and punish the culprits.”

A spokesperson of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation said that even he is unaware of any such notice. “Such notices do not come to the headquarters but are received by the area engineer.”  However, Prof. D.S. Rawat, Chief Electoral Officer of DUSU who had issued the notice, said, “The notice which we issued is very much in the public domain.”

 

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