Srinagar: In its campaign against people who don’t wear masks in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has fined 188 violators within its municipal limits in two days and realized a fine of over Rs 37,000 from them.
Pertinently, SMC had earlier decided to take a fine of Rs 200 from all those found without face masks within from January 1.
As per the available figures, SMC has realized Rs 37,600 as fine from the norm violators in two days (Friday and Saturday).
Deputy Mayor SMC, Parvaiz Qadri, said that on the first day of the campaign, at least 75 persons were fined for violating the norms in 35 wards of the corporations.
He added that on day-2, a total of 113 persons were fined, adding that Rs 200 each were realized from the norm violators across Srinagar all the 35 wards of the corporation. He said in the initial days, only Rs 200 will be realized as fine from norm violators and in case they (people) do not adhere to the guidelines, the fine will go up to Rs 500.
The amount on the first two days of the campaign realized is Rs 37,600. Qadri said that the response on the ground is quite appreciable and people are being found wearing face masks.
He added that from Monday, they will visit places like coaching centres and other places where huge gatherings are witnessed almost regularly, to check whether all the set norms are being followed in letter and spirit.
Pertinently, SMC created awareness among the masses for almost seven days from December 26 and urged people to wear face masks to prevent the deadly virus from spreading.
The Corporation had also set January 1 as the deadline for wearing the face masks and had announced that anyone found violating the norms would be fined any amount from Rs 200 to Rs 500. (KNO)