According to top MCD officials, the anti-encroachment wing of the north and east zones have been removing on an average 10,000 illegal posters and banners on a daily basis, but candidates still violate norms repeatedly without fear of their candidature being cancelled.
The three MCDs have hired private companies through a tender bidding process for every zone and candidates wishing to put up posters and banners at chosen places in their constituency have to pay a certain amount for printing as well as for allocation of places according to the size. "It is the duty of the private company to keep tabs on violators. We have formed an anti-encroachment wing comprising 25 people for each zone to remove illegal posters and banners," an official said. "Since the model code of conduct was imposed on April 14, the wing has been removing more than 10,000 posters and banners of political candidates on a daily basis.
WHAT IS HAPPENING
These candidates have not taken prior advertisement materials from those companies for campaigning purpose," he added. MCD areas in the National capital are divided into 30 zones and the maximum figure of around 5,000 illegal advertisements per day could be found in the north zone.
A total of 30,000 illegal posters and banners were removed from east and north zones, while 26,700 were removed in central, south, west and Nazafgarh till April 18. "Candidates keep changing the places of posters and these companies are failing to reach those places. Till the time companies are putting down the posters, the purpose of candidates gets achieved," said Ramesh Agrawal of a private anti-encroachment wing in Haus Khas.