Saturday, April 03, 2021

Now, Rs 1,000 fine for violating Covid norms at Mumbai airport

New Delhi: Violating Covid will now cost Rs 1,000. The Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) on Saturday announced it will levy a “fine of Rs 1,000 on individuals who refuse to comply with Covid safety norms such as wearing face masks that covers the nose and mouth and maintaining social distancing amongst others at the airport.”

MIAL’s decision comes after Bengaluru Airport began levying a fine of Rs 250 on violators outside the terminal like in parking lot and Airports Authority of India saying it will also penalise Covid norm violators. MIAL said the move for Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) comes on the basis of the “directive issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)… from April 01, 2021.”

Airports across India had implemented a DGCA-mandated pandemic-time standard operating procedure for resuming scheduled domestic flights since last May. Airports have put boards to remind passengers of the norms and also make announcements regularly for their adherence. “..(additional there are) on-ground marshals encouraging passengers to follow safety precautions during their journey through the airport.

With the latest directive from the DGCA, these marshals will now levy fines on any individuals who refuse to comply with requests to follow safety protocols established in the wake of the pandemic. In the event of further non-compliance, the violator will be handed over to the authorities for further action,” MIAL statement said.

Earlier this week, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has decided to levy fines on travellers violating Covid norms at its airports. The state-run authority operates about 90 airports in India including those in the metros of Kolkata and Chennai. “We will be levying fines on those not observing Covid protocol as per as per AAI Management Regulations 2003,” AAI spokesman J B Singh said.

While AAI did not give the fine amount, the “penalties” section under its management regulations 2003 notification says, “Any person contravening any provisions.. shall be punishable with fine which may extend to Rs 500…”

03/04/21 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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