UK City Planning To Impose Hefty Fines On Those Found Spitting Paan In Streets

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5:01 pm 4 Apr, 2016


British authorities are annoyed with stains of paan on the roads made my Indian residents.



Britain’s city of Leicester, which has a large Indian-origin population, will come down hard on people spitting paan in public places after complaints that the pavements are being stained.

A lot of Indian-origin population of the city enjoy chewing paan but now the local council feel the habit of spitting out the residue has got out of control.



Officials at Leicester City Council are considering bringing a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) to try to stop the spitting along parts of Melton Road and Belgrave Road, known locally as the Golden Mile due to the large number of jewellery stores owned by many Gujarati-origin businessmen.

According to ‘Leicester Mercury,’ local traders and residents in Belgrave are disgusted with their pavements being stained with red paan remains.


A city council spokesperson said: “We are aware of this problem which is unhygienic and leaves unsightly staining on pavements.

“Our cleansing teams went out last year at the request of ward councillors and used anti-graffiti spray equipment to remove the paan from walls and dustbins, but the staining is very difficult to remove.”



Earlier, Brent council launchedan education campaign about the problems of paan spitting, which carries an 80 pounds fine.

Paan eating has been very common in India. It is a very regular sight of people on streets spitting out their paan, usually aiming for a nearby wall or structure. Go to any government office, or any public places, you will find the red patch prominently visible which is hard to get un-noticed.