Delhi Metro News: When Delhi Metro reopens, spitting may cost you Rs 1,000 | Delhi News


NEW DELHI: Before it closed down two months ago due to the novel coronavirus lockdown, spitting inside a Delhi Metro train or at a station was a misdemeanour that attracted a fine of Rs 200. When the metro resumes operations, the same offence may cost you Rs 1,000.
“While our system will work in the same way, how we deal with the commuters will see a huge change,” said a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) official. What were minor offences — spitting or pushing other passengers — till two months ago can pose a major risk to public health due to the virus, he pointed out.
There is a long list of offences on metro premises for which one can be penalised under the Delhi Metro Railway (Operation & Maintenance) Act, 2002 but there are not many provisions to deal with Covid-19 specifics. “We can deal with cases only as per the Act or if anything is announced or authorised by the government. For instance, there is obviously no clause dealing with wearing masks,” he said.
DMRC is waiting for permission or a standard operating procedure (SOP) from the Centre to deal with the violations of Covid-19 norms, the official said. “For instance, you can ensure that a commuter is wearing a face mask while entering the network but what will you do if he or she removes it at platform or inside a train or coughs after removing the mask,” he said. “The DMRC Act doesn’t have any clause to penalise someone violating social distancing norms.”
It is likely that the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, which mandates a Rs 1,000 fine for spitting and Rs 200 for not wearing a face mask in public may become applicable on DMRC’s premises too, said a source. “It is also likely that added provisions and SOP will become applicable along with the existing Act and the station manager or controller will be authorised to impose and collect fines on the metro premises, including parking areas,” he said.
“We will follow all guidelines and norms as advised by the Centre,” he said.

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