Kolkata: Kolkata -- the City of Joy -- is not exactly a picture of joy with paan and gutka being spat around the city, on walls, pavements and posters. So CM Mamata Banerjee has decided the best to clean up the act is to make the offenders pay a hefty fine.
Mamata's government are set to resurrect an eight-year-old law that imposes a fine of Rs 200 on people who spit in public places.
But sources say the law could be rejigged and the fine could be hiked even further.
Discussions have already taken place among officials and the West Bengal Prevention of Spitting in Public Place Act is expected to be reinstated soon.
As across most of India, lots of people in the city are still found chewing tobacco and making a mess around streets. So the officials hope this hefty fine would act as a deterrent in solving the ugly menace.
Spitting has always been an offense in the city, but since the laws are vague and unclear, law enforcement has been weak, but with the implementation of this law, the city police hope it will help ensure lesser offenders.