Mumbai: Educate Mumbaikars against spitting, high court tells BMC

Narsi BenwalUpdated: Wednesday, June 02, 2021, 11:30 PM IST
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Expressing its displeasure towards citizens’ behavior, the Bombay High Court bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Girish Kulkarni, on Wednesday, said it was unfortunate that now people in Mumbai are required to be educated against spitting. The bench said fines won't make any change in the spitting habit.

The bench was dealing with a public interest litigation filed by advocate Amrin Wandrewala, highlighting the issue of spitting in public and its nuisance. The PIL sought directives to the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to implement its by-laws in this regard, which were introduced way back in 2006.

Wandrewala told the judges that BMC should implement its by-laws in letter and spirit.

Agreeing with her, Justice Kulakrni said, "Yes, in fact, having all these Marshalls won't work unless action is taken. If these laws are implemented properly, only then your cleanliness campaign of Swachh Mumbai will succeed."

"Apart from collecting fines, why can't there be educational drives? Go to public places and tell people not to spit and its impact. That should work," Chief Justice Datta told BMC.

Further, the judges opined that the civic body can rope in volunteers, who could go and create awareness on the drawbacks of spitting.

"Unfortunately, we are at the stage where people in Mumbai need to be educated against spitting," Justice Kulkarni observed. The bench has now adjourned the matter till July, giving ample time to the BMC to formulate a proper policy on this issue.

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