In Bombay, non-wearers of masks forced to clean the streets

The Bombay Municipality has warned that people who do not wear masks to curb the spread of Covid-19 and refuse to pay the fine, will have to sweep the city’s streets as a punishment.

In the past two days, more than 100 people arrested without face masks and refused or were unable to pay the fine of 200 rupees, received brooms or mops and were forced to mop up sections of city roads.

“The state government of Maharashtra and Bombay Municipality have repeatedly asked people to wear masks in public, but many do not adhere to health protocols, some refuse to pay fines and others are unable to pay. So we urge offenders to clean the roads as a deterrent, “said Deputy Municipal Commissioner Vishwas Mote.

The light, but embarrassing, penalties are imposed according to the statutes of the state’s Solid Waste Management Department, which allows the civic body to ask people to do community service for offenses such as garbage-throwing or spitting. on the sidewalks. “While some people apologize for their mistake when arrested and even volunteer to render any community service rendered to them, others resort to abuse or threats against city officials,” he said. noted Mote.

Municipality teams have been deployed throughout Mumbai to monitor those breaking the rules, especially in crowded areas like markets or near train stations, he said. According to a latest report, the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in India stands at more than 8.08 million, including 7.37 million remissions and more than 121,000 deaths.

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