The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has announced that if anyone is caught roaming around without mask then the violator will be asked to do community services, such as sweeping roads or cleaning graffiti for an hour. The violators can pay a fine of Rs 200 to avoid the punishment.

The punishment comes under the BMC’s Solid Waste Management Bye-Laws, which also says that citizens must do community services for spitting on roads.

Initially, the BMC had announced a fine of Rs 200 but many of the violators refused to pay. Now, if the violators refuse to pay fine, they will have to clean roads for an hour and if they refuse to do that as well then the civic body will lodge a police complaint against them.

BMC’s additional commissioner Suresh Kakani said the civic body’s aim is to not to fine people but to make sure that they wear masks in public places.

“For this, we are exploring all possible means to ensure people realise the importance of wearing masks,” Kakani said as quoted by Hindustan Times.

“At the same time, we are using all means to spread the message on wearing masks in public places,” he added.

Social media and hoardings have been effectively used by the BMC to aware people about the importance of wearing masks in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

More than one lakh citizens have been fined for not wearing masks from April to October. The collection of the fines amount to Rs 2.3 crore. The BMC has recovered around Rs 1.64 crore from over 82,000 violators.