Advertisements on Tree trunks defacing the city

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It is common sight to see some advertisements nailed on tree trunks but now the menace has gone beyond limit. Most of the Tree trunks, the ones which are remaining after widening or from the wrath of the HESCOM have been nailed with such advertisements which is bizarre.

These advertisements harm the trees a lot because the holes created on hammering those nails give access to termites, insects, etc. into the tree. Chemical reactions at the places where the nails have been placed also limit the growth of tree.


These advertisements look so ugly but no one is bothered about them. The corporation can give permission for such advertisements hence we can assume them to be illegal.

Nailing or pasting unauthorised advertisements to trees is a crime under the Prevention of Disfigurement Act 1981. The Act states: “Whoever by himself or through another person affixes to, or erects inscribes or exhibits on, any place open to public view any advertisement without the written permission of the local authority having jurisdiction over such area, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to six months or with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees.”

The need to conserve the environment is quite evident. I don’t think I need to remind people about that.

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