New Delhi: Spitting at Delhi Metro premises was always an offence. But once the services resume during the ongoing lockdown, the seriousness of the offence is likely to be hiked five times. Before Delhi Metro services were shut before March 25, when the country went into the lockdown, a Rs 200 fine was mandated for spitting at Metro properties. The amount is likely to become Rs 1,000 once Delhi Metro resumes its services — likely from June 1. Also Read - Closing of Schools is Impacting Your Child's Mental Health, Here is What You Need to do

Under the Disaster Management Act, which has been invoked in the wake of the pandemic, spitting in public places draws a fine of Rs 1,000. The Delhi Metro Railway Corporation Authorities, as reports claimed, may extend the same to the metro premises as well. Also Read - Tamil Nadu Lockdown Extension News: State Extends Suspension of Bus Services Till July 31

As the novel coronavirus spreads through viral droplets, spitting in public places was made a punishable offence. State governments implemented the provision separately — extending a ban on chewing tobacco. The sale of tobacco was also restricted during the initial phases of the lockdown. Also Read - Shilpa Shetty's Yoga Tips to Beat Lockdown Muscle Stress

Recently, the Haryana government has imposed a fine of Rs 500 for spitting.

The DMRC authorities are awaiting Centre’s nod to resume operations in a restricted way. Both the Delhi government and the DMRC authorities were in favour of starting metro services during lockdown 4.0 itself, but the Centre did not give approval. Now with all precautionary measures in place, the authorities are geared up to resume operations from June 1.