It was only a few months ago when Batla House graveyard got a facelift with new boundaries. However, within days the new graveyard wall was defaced with prospective politicians and others putting their posters all over.
It is to be noted that the move to spruce up the only Batla House graveyard was taken by former Congress MLA Asif Md Khan, who is not happy with the way work has been completed of the graveyard.
“By plastering the walls with posters, some residents have defaced the walls. If that was the case then what was the point to spend such a huge amount from MLA’s funds. Just move around the locality and you could see even metro pillars plastered by posters. It is sad story to narrate,” said Nasimur Rahman.
Many residents lamented that how people don’t think even once before going on ad blitz in the locality b y defacing the walls. Interestingly, prospective leaders who in public don’t tire of talking about turning Okhla into green area don’t make sure that at least their posters are not put in such position that they deface the locality.
Though there is no study of how much money spent on posters in the locality, a rough estimate puts it to huge amount. “The poster business is booming and it is expensive one. Leaders and advertisers strongly feel that by putting posters and hoardings all over the locality they will become popular in a few days time, but they don’t know while doing this how much harm they are doing to the locality as walls are disfigured. Just think if they don’t care about the locality now then what will they do when they come to power? For many the locality is smaller than their personal goal,” said a resident on the condition of anonymity.