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Guwahati: Wall paintings in Dispur flyover stained by ‘Gutkha Spits’

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Guwahati: Artists rushed to Dispur’s newly inaugurated flyover on Sunday to clean spit stains from the paintings reflecting the culture and lifestyle of many ethnicities on the bridge’s walls.

More insights on what happened

Before the inauguration, a crew of 25 artists worked tirelessly for nearly a month to transform the flyover.

Ron Bikas Gaurav, a tweeter user posted some stills from the location captioned, “Location: Supermarket Flyover, Dispur Assam, Artist: Unknown, Type of Paint used: Special Gutkha flavour, Reason: Deliberate to get special self complacency”

In the photos that were posted by the user, a traditional earthen Pot wall art can be seen ruined with a touch of Gutkha graffiti.

Neelim Mahanta, founder of living Art intervenes; drops recommendations and preventive measures

Desecrating the city’s beauty by spitting recklessly and irresponsibly has raised the question of whether we are part of a civilised society, artist Neelim Mahanta, founder of living Art marked.

“We felt bad when one of our artists sent a photograph of spit stains in our WhatsApp group and rushed to the flyover to scrub it off. We would like to appeal to the people not to spoil the beauty of the city,” he added.

Mahanta encouraged the Kamrup (metro) district administration and the government to maintain the city’s natural beauty.

“We need a permanent solution. We would like to urge the authorities concerned to install CCTV cameras so that the offenders can be identified and punished,” he added.

He also suggested that prohibiting the selling of gutkha could be a solution for preventing spitting in public spaces.

Major Acts and health consequences pertaining to spitting

While inaugurating the flyover last Thursday, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma asked that visitors not spit on the flyover’s walls.

The Guwahati Municipal Corporation Act, 1971, and the Disaster Management Act, 2005 make it illegal to spit in public places.

Arundhati Deka, the state nodal officer for the National Tobacco Control Program in Assam, remarked, “Saliva coming out of the mouth can be a carrier of the novel coronavirus. Those who consume gutkha and pan masala produce more saliva. That is why prohibition of spitting is necessary to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

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