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Masks, social distancing violations: Bengaluru coughs up fines over Rs 1 crore in a month

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Bengaluru seems to be brazenly flouting the protocol of wearing masks and maintaining social distance in public, going by the fines worth over Rs 1 crore collected by authorities in just one month.

Masks, social distancing violations: Bengaluru coughs up fines over Rs 1 crore in a month
Bengaluru seems to be brazenly flouting the protocol of wearing masks and maintaining social distance in public, going by the fines worth over Rs 1 crore collected by authorities in just one month.
Ever since the state government allowed malls, restaurants, and even religious places to reopen on June 8, the Bengaluru City Police and the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) authorities have collected Rs 1.01 crore in fines from those not wearing masks or observing social distancing.
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The fine is Rs 200 for each of the two violations, and city authorities have been able to catch over 2,000 cases on a single day on many occasions, as per a chart put out by the Additional Commisioner of Police Hemant Nimbalkar.
"Today the joint team of Bengaluru CIty Police and BBMP crossed Rs 1 crore mark as fine collection in last one month for mask and social distancing violations,” the police official said in a tweet on July 10. "We are not at all proud of this feat, neither do we take it as our achievement. No pleasure in collecting fine," he added.
Bengaluru has seen a massive spike in cases over the past month since several businesses opened up and inter-state travel was allowed. On June 10, the city saw 1,447 new cases in 24 hours, over 60 percent of the 2,313 cases added in the entire state on Friday. Total positive cases in the city now stand at 15,329, nearly half of the total positive cases in the state, which is 33,418.
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