Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) in an official notification said it will imposing a spot fine of ₹1,000 on any individual found violating the mandatory Covid-19 safety protocols at the airport from April 1, 2021.
“Basis the directive issued by the DGCA, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) will levy a fine on any individual found violating the mandatory Covid-19 safety protocols at the airport with effect from April 1.”
“A fine of Rs 1000 will be issued to individuals who refuse to comply with Covid-19 safety norms such as wearing face masks that cover the nose and mouth and maintaining social distancing amongst others at the airport,” the CSMIA said in the official notification.
The decision comes after the aviation regulator DGCA’s warning last week amid an increasing number of coronavirus infection cases in Maharashtra and some other states.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) India on Tuesday issued a circular and asked for enhanced surveillance on COVID-19 protocols at the Airports. The DGCA in the circular said that during the surveillance of some airports, the compliance towards Covid-19 protocols was not found satisfactory.
As part of its SOP for the resumption of domestic flights in May last year, CSMIA had placed guidelines on safety practices across the airport in the form of physical and digital boards.
Apart from this, regular announcements are made through the airport PA system as well as by on-ground marshals encouraging passengers to follow safety precautions during their journey through the airport, it said.
With the latest directive from the DGCA, these marshals will now levy fines on any individual who refuses 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, CSMIA said.