Mumbai airport has announced that it will levy a fine of ₹1,000 on any individual who refuses to comply with Covid safety norms at the airport.

“Basis the directive issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (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 01, 2021,” the airport said in an official release.

On-ground marshals deployed at the airport will impose a fine on travellers violating protocols such as wearing face masks that cover the nose and mouth and maintaining social distancing. In the event of further non-compliance, the violator will be handed over to the authorities for further action.

Mumbai airport stated that, since the resumption of domestic operations in May 2020, it had placed relevant messages and guidelines on safety practices across the airport in the form of physical and digital boards. Besides this, regular announcements are made through the airport PA system as well as by on-ground marshals encouraging passengers to follow safety precautions.

In other news, the airport has started offering regular RT-PCR tests at a reduced cost of ₹600 as against the earlier rate of ₹850. The reduced rates aim to offer a “safe and anxiety-free journey for the passengers by offering the test facilities at CSMIA at a minimal cost.”