Hyderabad: The state government has collected an average of Rs 27.10 lakh per day against those not wearing masks this year.
As per data provided by the state IT cell, a mind boggling Rs 98,93,40,000 was collected through challans from 9,89,340 cases booked against those found without a mask till December Friday. Surprisingly, the state had collected Rs 32,67,58,000 in 2020 from 3,26,758 cases of no mask violations.
Rachakonda police booked 1,08,736 violators and collected Rs 10,87,36,000 this year.
Rachakonda police officials said that 34,205 were from Malkajgiri zone, 35,862 from LB Nagar zone, 11,951 from Bhongir zone and 26,718 cases were booked by the traffic wing. They said that 9,666 cases were booked for no mask violation in 2021, amounting to Rs 96,66,000.
Explaining how the violators are booked, city police officials said that those caught driving or riding vehicles without masks are given e-challan and those caught walking are issued e-tickets, which can be paid at any mee-seva. “To impose a stricter rule, we introduced e-ticket software to book such violators. Our prime goal is to make sure everyone follows the rule and wears a mask,” official said.
Meanwhile, with cases of the Omicron variant being reported in India, the police across the city have decided to strictly enforce the Rs 1,000 challan rule on violators....