Amid the rising corona cases and increasing reports over lurking the second wave in the country, the Maharashtra state government took a crucial decision.
In a strict move, the Greater Mumbai Municipal Corporation on Saturday decided to test people randomly at crowded places without seeking their consent.
The officials would go with the rapid antigen method for tests in crowded places like malls, railway stations (for inbound trains), bus depots, marketplaces, tourist places and government offices.
“Rapid antigen testing (RAT) will be carried out without the consent of citizens who are present at these crowded places,” the municipal body said in the order released on Saturday.
The order further stated that action will be taken against the citizen who refused to take the test under the Epidemic Act, 1897. Railway stations and bus deports are the places where testing is mandatory.
It can be recalled that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray warned people of another lockdown if they continue to flout social distancing norms like not wearing the mask.