MUMBAI – To reduce the number of diseases and to keep the city street clean, the Maharashtra government has approved an innovative anti- spitting law.
Now, if you decide to spit in public places, you will be fined Rs. 1000 and have to engage in community service like sweeping and cleaning.
A group of ministers headed by Health Minister Dr. Deepak Sawant, Consumer Affairs Minister Girish Bapat and Water supply and Sanitation Minister Babanrao Lonikar will prepare a draft of the law that says:
“For the first offence, there is a fine of Rs. 1,000 and community service for a day. For the second offence, there is a fine of Rs. 2,000 and community service for three days. And for the third offence, you have to pay a fine of Rs. 5,000 and get involved in community service for five days.”
Taxi, auto and bus drivers spitting on the roads may also end up having their licences suspended.
According to Dr. A Bamne, executive health officer of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), “It will also affect the tobacco-chewing habit as people will be restrained from spitting out tobacco. This is a move towards a healthy lifestyle.”
Reportedly, the government of Maharashtra is also planning to develop a software to track the offenders via CCTV network.
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