Hazaribagh, Oct. 17: Ramgarh deputy commissioner (DC) Sunil Kumar Singh has decided to take action against political parties and corporates for using hills and trees as advertisement space.
According to Singh, rampant defacement of natural property is on along the NH-33 from Ranchi to Ramgarh. He plans to issue warnings to violators in three days, asking them to clear such writings from the surface of hills and trees, failing which action will be taken against them under the Prevention of Defacement of Property Act.
“We will publish notices in newspapers within three days, asking the entities concerned to clear all such writings and drawings immediately. If they fail to do so, I will take necessary action as prescribed in the property act. Himachal Pradesh High Court recently issued orders to stop such practices of writing slogans on the sides of hills and trees,” the DC told The Telegraph.
He went on to add that anyone coming to Ramgarh from Ranchi could spot such advertisements. “Starting from hills and trees to road dividers, pillars and fences, nothing has been spared,” Singh added.
According to the defacement of property act, anyone found guilty of damaging the appearance of public property, including hills, trees, fences and poles, is liable for six-month imprisonment or Rs 1,000 fine or both.