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City RWAs start imposing fines on those not wearing masks

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The Times Of India
08th April, 2021 07:16 IST

Gurgaon: With some residents still moving around without masks in residential societies, some RWAs have started imposing fines as despite repeated warnings, people are not following Covid-appropriate behaviour in common areas.

Residential societies have been issuing health advisories to residents, urging everyone to take precautionary measures against Covid. Many of them are following standard Covid protocols like thermal screening at entry gates, use of hand sanitisers, regular sanitisation of lifts and common areas, as well as conducting testing and vaccination camps.

Monsoon Breeze, a residential society in Sector 78, has adopted several approaches to curb the spread of infection as they have reported five active cases. Karan Mehra, joint secretary of Monsoon Breeze RWA , said, “Wearing a mask has been made compulsory for all. A fine of Rs 500 is being imposed on violators. The security officer is making announcements twice a day.”

He added, “We have also stopped entry of residents inside commercial shops within our premises and have placed cones and made markings to maintain social distancing. Lifts and play areas are being regularly sanitised. We are also holding testing and vaccination camps in the society with help of the health department.”

Similar measures are in place at Qutub Enclave in DLF-1. “Besides regular notifications to residents, we are coordinating with police. They have intensified checking in marketplaces,” said Dhruv Bansal, spokesperson of Qutub Enclave RWA.

Some RWAs, meanwhile, said many residents aren’t deterred by the measures taken by them and continue to flout the norms.

“Though mask wearing is mandatory in the society complex, there are some people who are violating the norms. We can only request them or issue warnings as we don’t have the power to enforce anything.The district administration should empower RWAs to impose penalty on those not observing Covid-appropriate behaviour,” said Amit Shekhar, vice-president of Vipul Lavanya RWA.

Echoing similar sentiments, CP Singh, general secretary of DLF-2 RWA, said: “On an average, 10 to 12 cases have been reported daily in the last seven days in our colony. This is far worse than the peak last year. Some authority should be given to RWAs to monitor the situation at the ground level.”

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