SMC collects 37,000 rupees fine in two days for not wearing mask

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In a bid to prevent the deadly virus from spreading, the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has fined 188 norm violators within Municipality limits in two days and realized a fine of over 37000 rupees from them.

Pertinently, Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) decided to fine 200 rupees from all those who are found without face masks within its limits from 1 January.

As per the figure, SMC has realized 37,600 rupees as fine from the norm violators in the last two days.

Deputy Mayor SMC, Parvaiz Qadri told a local news agency, Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that on the first day of the campaign, at least seventy-five persons were fined for violating the norms in thirty-five wards of the corporations.

He added that on day two, a total of 113 persons were fined within the Municipality limits, adding that 1200 rupees each were realized from the norm violators across Srinagar all the thirty-five wards of the corporation. He said in the initial days, 200 rupees only will be realized as fine from norm violators, and in case they (people) don’t adhere to the guidelines, the fine will go up to 500 rupees.

The amount on the first two days of the camping realized is 37,600 rupees. 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 centers and other places where huge gatherings are being witnessed almost on a regular basis 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 26 December and urge people to wear face masks to prevent the deadly virus from spreading. The Corporation had also set 1 January as the deadline for wearing the face masks and had announced that anyone found violating the norms would be fined between 200 rupees to 500 rupees. (KNO)

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