City Hall on Tuesday warned that it will take legal action against businesses and institutions which continue to place advertisement stickers or banners on electricity poles, trees and other public property.
In a statement, City Hall noted it has previously instructed businesses and institutions to stop putting up stickers or banners which advertise their services or products on electricity poles, trees, traffic light poles, fences of buildings, construction sites and public places.
It said that it also banned the distribution of leaflets at traffic lights.
The statement said that despite the instruction such anarchic activities still continue and seriously affect the beauty, public order, hygiene and environment in Phnom Penh.
City Hall warned the businesses and institutions to cooperate and remove all their stickers and banners within 14 days from Tuesday.
“In case you do not follow this instruction, City Hall will take administrative action to remove the stickers and banners without any liability on damage and collect them as evidence during legal proceedings,” the statement said.
City Hall spokesman Met Meas Pheakdey could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Pa Vathana, 35, a vendor in the city, yesterday said she supports City Hall’s actions because the stickers and banners on the trees, electricity poles and other public structures spoil Phnom Penh’s beauty.
“These businesses and institutions are putting up the advertisements to attract customers to increase sales,” she said. “But their activities are affecting the city’s beauty and so the move to make them remove these advertisements is a good one.”