Patna: If you are caught smoking or found chewing tobacco on the premises of Golghar, Gandhi ghat, including the floating restaurant, aerial ropeway at Rajgir and other tourist places, you will be fined Rs 200. Bihar tourism department as well as Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation (BSTDC) have declared all their premises, including hotels, restaurants, buses, tourist sites and luxury cars, as ‘no-tobacco zone’ from Thursday.
The department has issued guidelines and instructions to all 20 BSTDC-run hotels, travel and tour operators and other concerned to implement the decision with immediate effect. All tobacco products, including cigarettes, gutka and chewing tobacco (khaini) would be completely banned at all the tourist locations.
BSTDC general manager Navin Kumar said, “We are in the process of designing related stickers, which would be pasted on all premises, including restaurants and hotels.”
Instructions have been issued to all concerned to strictly follow the directive. This has been done to generate awareness about anti-tobacco campaign at all the tourist places. State tourism secretary Harjot Kaur made a formal announcement to ban tobacco at all the tourist places here at a function on Thursday. No visitor would be allowed to smoke at the BSTDC office premises here at Beer Chand Patel Path either.