BMC collects INR 54 crore as fine from citizens for not wearing a mask in public

As directed by the central government, the civic body has been taking punitive action is being taken against the citizens who flout the COVID-19 regulations suggested for everyone's safety.

BMC collects INR 54 crore as fine from citizens for not wearing a mask in public
Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases have significantly reduced in Maharashtra, and it is believed that the results have been seen due to the strict restrictions imposed by the government. To strengthen the same, strict guidelines were being followed in Mumbai and other districts ever since the second wave of COVID affected the city.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had appealed to the citizens to follow the rules and if violated, officials had taken punitive action against the citizens. While many people followed the same diligently, the civic body has come across many violators who did not wear the mask as asked by the government. 

Reports released by the local administration states that a fine of INR 54.13 crore has been collected so far from citizens who were found without a mask in Mumbai.

The use of masks is mandatory  in public places as this is said to help in preventing the spread of coronavirus infection. However, some Mumbaikars flouted the norms and therefore, the BMC's squads decided to take punitive action against such citizens. As per the guidelines, a fine of INR 200 is being levied from citizens venturing out without a mask. 

So far, over 26.87 citizens have been fined and a sum of INR 54.13 crore has been recovered in the form of penalty. The same has been deposited in BMC's treasury.

The civic body, police and railway officials have been asked to strictly enforce the norms and ask people to follow the COVID-19 regulations. According to the data shared by the BMC, Andheri topped the list as  the officials collected over INR 3.77 from over 1.85 lakh people who did not wear a mask in public.

On the other hand, Mumbai Police has been successful in collecting over INR 6.26 from more than 3.13 lakh citizens, while Central and Western Railways have collected INR 50.39 lakh  from over 23,000 passengers.
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