Mumbai: BEST to fine commuters found spitting

The move comes after this newspaper reported about the uncouth behaviour of spitting pan, gutka in AC buses

Kamal MishraUpdated: Wednesday, December 07, 2022, 04:46 AM IST
article-image

Mumbai: A day after The FPJ raised the issue of pan and gutka stains in the nook and corners of the BEST's air-conditioned (AC) buses, the Undertaking empowered its staff to take on the uncouth behaviour. Now, if any commuter is caught spitting inside the buses or at stops, the conductors and drivers will have the authority to slap a fine of Rs200. If the errant refutes to pay the fine, the individual will be handed over to the police. Besides, the BEST has also decided to launch a special campaign to educate commuters about not spitting while travelling.

In its Dec 6 edition, this newspaper called out the unsocial practice. Talking to The FPJ, BEST General Manager Lokesh Chandra said, “We have already instructed all the officials concerned about levying fines on those found spitting in buses as well as stops. If the caught individual refuses to pay a fine, the person will be handed over to the police for defacing public property.”

Reacting to The FPJ's story 'Pan, gutka stains make BEST see red', several passengers suggested strict action to deter offenders. “We as citizens don’t deserve better amenities and facilities. This is poor on our side. Pan and gutka needs to be completely banned. Apart from that, these offenders need to be tackled strictly" said Shivani Shah, a regular commuter.

“The BEST needs to send the cleaning bill of buses to those who are giving 'zubaan kesari pan masala' advertisement,” said Surendra Shastri from Wadala.

“Its too much. Those who spit in buses need to be treated like criminals,” said Maya Shahni from Colaba, adding that such people aren't only defacing the buses but also tarnishing the city's image.

(If you have a story in and around Mumbai, you have our ears, be a citizen journalist and send us your story here. )

(To receive our E-paper on WhatsApp daily, please click here.  To receive it on Telegram, please click here. We permit sharing of the paper's PDF on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.)

RECENT STORIES

Mumbai: 900 contractual BEST bus drivers without pay for 5 months

Mumbai: 900 contractual BEST bus drivers without pay for 5 months

Mumbai: Kalyan resident duped Rs 95k by fraudster faking call of husband's accident

Mumbai: Kalyan resident duped Rs 95k by fraudster faking call of husband's accident

Maharashtra: Media groups seek probe into Journalist's 'accidental' death

Maharashtra: Media groups seek probe into Journalist's 'accidental' death

JEE Mains Result 2023: Maharashtra’s top scorers excel on a high note

JEE Mains Result 2023: Maharashtra’s top scorers excel on a high note

Mumbai: 2 held while running away after stealing oil tanker full of base oil to Gujarat

Mumbai: 2 held while running away after stealing oil tanker full of base oil to Gujarat