COIMBATORE: Coimbatore Corporation commissioner M Prathap has warned of severe action against people involved in sticking posters in public places and government buildings, including flyovers, as they create eyesore for visitors and locals.
On Friday, he sent out a stern warning to private persons, commercial establishments, advertisement agencies and political parties which are behind the rampant post culture, which is spoiling the image of the city.
He said apart from slapping a fine, criminal proceedings will be initiated against violators. Similarly, action will be taken against those using electric poles and trees on the roadsides for hanging advertisement placards. Those who are involved in writing on the walls too will not be spared, he said.
The city corporation had made attempts to bring down the rampant poster culture in the past but without much success. The flyover pillars and public walls are the prime targets of violators, residents say. They have demanded actions on the ground instead of stopping with a warning to end the poster culture.
A higher official said that they have taken a few flyover pillars for painting at Gandhipuram to save them from posters, but it is not feasible for the corporation to take up all the public places under the initiative. It takes not less than Rs 30,000 to cover each pillar. Last year they took up a few public walls and turned them into colourful canvases. But it is difficult to maintain without the support of the public.
Similar action will be taken against people who erect hoardings and banners without permission from the district administration. Town planning section has been instructed to keep an eye on the issue. If illegal hoarding is found it would be removed and the cost incurred for the work will be collected from the violator, the official added.