The Western Railway has sought help from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to intensify its anti-spitting drive on railway premises, following a Cental government directive.
The WR sought BMC’s help to conduct a sustained drive between Churchgate and Dahisar stations.
As the railway authorities do not have the right to fine offenders, they asked the BMC to carry out the campaign.
BMC officials said they would extend support to the WR, however, municipal commissioner Swadheen Kshatriya was unavailable for comment.
On March 12, V. Venkatachalam, additional secretary of the Ministry of Family Health and Welfare, had issued a circular giving all state governments the authority to make direct laws on public health and sanitation and include spitting under the same.
Vincent Nazareth, chairman of the Crusade Against Tobacco, said: “The ministry should issue a circular with immediate effect to strictly prohibit chewing of tobacco products and spitting on government premises and propose a penalty of Rs 200 against violators.”