New Delhi: To present a "beautiful city"
during Commonwealth Games, Delhi Government today appealed to
the citizens to white-wash and spruce up their houses ahead of
the 12-day mega sporting event beginning October 3.
The government, apprehensive of people`s disenchantment
with the Games due controversies surrounding it, also asked
them to celebrate the event as a festival, as urged by Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh.
Finance Minister A K Walia, in a message, requested
people to white-wash and paint their houses in September which
otherwise would have been undertaken before Dussehra or
"This will go a long way in projecting a better image of
the city," he said.
He sought full support of the people in making the city
look "attractive" during the Games when lakhs of visitors will
come to the city and asked them to approach the authorities to
take action against those who deface public properties.
Walia last week had directed MCD and police to launch an
anti-defacement drive and clear the metropolis of the numerous
posters, banners and unauthorised hoardings.
He told both the agencies to strictly enforce provisions
of the Delhi Defacement Act, which envisages stringent action
including hefty fine and imprisonment against those found
defacing public properties.