COVID-19: Over 25K penalised in BMC's drive against maskless Mumbaikars

Updated: 17 October, 2020 06:52 IST | Prajakta Kasale | Mumbai

After launching the mass drive with the target of penalising 20K people every day not found wearing masks, the civic body has nailed 25,421 violators in the past five days

A file picture of BMC officials acting against a person found not wearing a mask at King's CIrcle. PIC/Ashish Raje
A file picture of BMC officials acting against a person found not wearing a mask at King's CIrcle. PIC/Ashish Raje

Since launching the recent mass drive of penalising 20,000 people per day found not wearing masks, in the past five days, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has acted against over 25,000 persons and collected over Rs 43 lakh in fines.

The BMC was very lenient against those not wearing masks in the early months of the lockdown. It acted on average against 12 persons per day in July and August, even after municipal commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal issued a fresh order on June 29 for stringent action. In September, after a proposal from the Solid Waste Department, the commissioner reduced the fine from Rs 1,000 to Rs 200. The BMC team penalised around 26,000 citizens, an average of 950 persons per day, in a period of a month. But still many wandered in public places without masks.

A file picture of BMC officials acting against a person found not wearing a mask at King’s CIrcle.  PIC/Ashish RajeA file picture of BMC officials acting against a person found not wearing a mask at King's CIrcle. PIC/Ashish Raje

Hence the municipal commissioner has ordered a mass drive (from October 11) for a month of penalising 20,000 people per day found not wearing masks. The BMC has formed special teams for the same and takes joint action with the police. This has yielded results. In the past five days, the corporation acted against 25,421 people and collected Rs 43,68,100 in fines from them.

"This campaign is not about collecting fines, but to emphasise the need of wearing a mask in public places," said an official of the BMC.

Action against people not wearing masks

Dates Citizens fined Avg citizens fined/day
April 9 to Sept 12 4,989 37
Sept 12 to Oct 10 26,613 950
Oct 11 to 15 25,421 5,082
 
Total violators and fines since April: 57,205 and Rs 1,42,12,800

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First Published: 17 October, 2020 07:03 IST

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