BMC has indulged in active campaigns to promote the use of masks in public place to arrest the spread of coronavirus
No laxity in COVID-19 Control
The BMC has marked a penalty of ₹200 upon the people for not wearing masks in public places. However, with the rising number of violators, and their refusal to pay the fine aroused the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to introduce the penalty in the form of community service. The BMC Officials have further stated that police cases would be filed against people who refuse to complete the community service.
Simultaneously, the BMC has also indulged in an active campaign to spread awareness regarding the necessity of wearing a mask in public. For this purpose, the civic body has utilised the channels of social media, hoardings and awareness drives to promote the importance of masks as a precautionary measure against the infection of coronavirus.
On October 12, the BMC launched a drive for propagating and encouraging the people to wear face masks. Nearly 40,000 violators were fined on Day 1 of the activity, while 60,000 others further penalised in the next 10 days. The BMC's additional commissioner stated that their aim is not to earn money but to ensure public safety. Till October 21, the municipal authority has collected fine totalling over the amount of ₹3.2 crores from people not wearing masks since the April, Around, ₹1.64 crores of this amount was recovered from 82,000 violators in the first three weeks of October.
Through penalty fine or community service, the BMC is adamant to control the spread of coronavirus due to laxity and indifference of the people in following the norms of precaution. All Mumbaikars are requested to comply with the authority-laden rules and guidelines to maximise defence against the threat of the global COVID-19 pandemic.