Mumbai: Cracking the whip in opposition to individuals who don’t put on face masks in public and refuse to pay the superb, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Company (BMC) has warned that they should sweep the town roads as a punishment.
Prior to now two days (Thursday-Friday), over 100 individuals caught with out face masks who refused or have been unable to shell out the Rs 200 superb, have been handed brooms or mops and made to brush or clear up stretches of roads within the metropolis.
Curiously, the stringent motion got here even because the BMC introduced on Friday that in 212 days, it had collected a whopping Rs 3,49,34,800 since April, together with Rs 18,21,400 solely in October.
Regardless of repeated appeals by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Well being Minister Rajesh Tope and different leaders, many Mumbaikars apparently did not heed the warning and will be nonetheless seen driving or transferring round in public and not using a face masks or not sporting the face masks correctly, masking the nostril and mouth.
Hoping to rein within the rising menace, this week, BMC Commissioner I.S. Chahal set a goal of registering at the very least 20,000 instances in opposition to violators each day by civic groups.
“The state government and the BMC have been repeatedly requesting people to wear face masks, but many are not adhering to the new protocols, some refuse to pay fines and others are unable to pay up. So, we make the errant citizens do a clean-up job on the roads in the vicinity as a deterrent,” mentioned a BMC official.
The easy – however embarrassing – punishments are handed out as per the BMC’s Strong Waste Administration Division’s bye-laws that empowers the civic physique to ask folks to do group companies for offences like littering, urinating or spitting on roads.
BMC groups have now fanned out throughout Mumbai to maintain a vigil on these flouting the foundations, particularly in crowded areas like markets or neighborhood of railway stations.
Whereas some folks apologise for his or her mistake when caught and even volunteer to render any group service given to them, some others resort to abuse or threatening the civic officers, mentioned Assistant Municipal Commissioner Vishwas Mote.
Nonetheless, the BMC’s newest effort to implement sporting of masks has discovered takers on the social media with many giving ‘thumbs up’ to the transfer within the bigger public curiosity.