Pune: Despite the government authorities and police appealing to citizens to follow basic norms of maintaining social distancing as well as wearing masks amid the spread of the novel coronavirus, still few need to learn a lesson in a hard way. The police in Lonavala has zeroed down such violators and collected fine of Rs 12,500 in a span of three hours.
Wearing a mask, not to spit on roads and maintaining social distancing in public and workplaces are the strict norms that need to follow religiously in order to avoid the spread of the COVID-19. The Lonavala Municipal Council has also made it mandatory for citizens to wear face masks to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
The regulation was published by the authorities that the punitive action will be taken against the person who do not wear a face mask while driving in a public place in Lonavala.
Also, a fine in the range of Rs 500 to Rs 1,000 has been levied for spitting paan, tobacco and gutka on public roads. The citizens should not walk on the streets without wearing face masks, shopkeepers should not give goods to people who do not wear masks, and should also wear masks themselves.
On Tuesday morning a team comprising of the Lonavla city police which falls under the jurisdiction of Pune Rural police formed a squad in which Lonavala city police senior inspector Manoj Kumar Yadav, Assistant Police Inspector Vaibhav Swami along with the Lonavala Municipal Council inspector Somvanshi, police personnel Jayaraj Patankar and Laxman Unde inspected the various spot and within a span of three hours zeroed down some 25 citizens and collected fine of Rs 12,500 from them total.