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Bengaluru: Officials to crackdown on restaurants flouting smoking regulations

With plenty of people expected to throng restaurants and hotels during the cold holiday season, the BBMP has now decided to getting cracking with checking up on smoking in places such as restaurants. The BBMP will deploy a marshal exclusively for each of the 198 wards to coordinate with the senior health inspector to issue notices and impose penalties against those who defy the ban with regard to smoking.

Bengaluru: The BBMP which had earlier cracked down on restaurants and hotels for flouting smoking rules will restart its drive with what it calls as an effective mechanism.

Due to the staff crunch, the BBMP will deploy a marshal in each of the 198 wards and has directed them to work with the senior health inspector track down restaurants and hotels which see a defiance of the ban on smoking in public.

According to Sarfaraz Khan, joint commissioner, Health, the BBMP has cracked down on a few hotels and restaurants on MG Road and surrounding areas.  Now by deploying marshals, the drive will be intensified and all such places defying the law will have penalties imposed against them, and they will be at risk of losing their trade licence.