Disfigurement of public places warrants imprisonment warns MCC

To keep up with the ‘clean city’ image Mysuru City Corporation is coming down heavily on disfigurement of public places with film posters and advertisements adorning walls and compounds.

Arguing that the pasting of posters in public places was illegal, the Corporation has warned owners of cinema theatres and business establishments of legal action if they failed to put an end to disfigurement of public places immediately. “Their act has been marring the beauty of Mysuru, which is known for its heritage importance,” said MCC Commissioner C.G. Betsurmath.

Acting on a complaint from MCC, an FIR had been lodged against Toppers Academy for pasting posters on the heritage pillar at ‘6’ Gate Circle or Hardinge Circle, and on the compound wall of People’s Park. The case had been booked under the Karnataka Open Places (Prevention of Disfigurement) Act, 1981.

The Commissioner appealed to all to join hands with the MCC, and said that disfigurement of public places would harm the city’s image, besides affecting tourism. Claiming that the MCC had warned against pasting film posters at public places during a meeting with the representatives of cinema theatres, he blamed the theatres for marring the beauty of the city. There is a provision under the Act for six months imprisonment or a fine of Rs 1,000, he said.

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