Uttarakhand goverment asks Guptas to pay Rs 8 lakh to clean up wedding mess in Auli

DEHRADUN: The Uttarakhand government has asked the NRI

Gupta family

 to pay an amount of Rs 8 lakh to clean up 275 quintals of

garbage

 that the family’s grand weddings in

Auli

 had generated.

 

The Joshimath municipal corporation, which is in charge of cleaning the meadows, said that at least three more days would be required to clean up the entire area.

Joshimath municipality president Shailendra Panwar told TOI, “Initially, we thought that two to three people would be enough to clear the entire garbage in around two days but after seeing the mounds, we have now deployed 20 people and four trucks to clear the area.”

Panwar added that the Gupta brothers have also offered to donate a dumper which would cost around Rs 12 lakh.

Meanwhile,

Chamoli district

administration is preparing an exhaustive report on the weddings for which it had used a hi-tech drone for the first time. “The drone recorded every detail of the weddings and on its basis, a comprehensive report would be submitted to the

Uttarakhand high court

 on July 8,” said a senior district administration official.

Earlier, on June 18, the

Nainital

 high court had said that the Chamoli district magistrate will be held accountable for compliance of the court’s order to minimise environmental damages caused due to the high-profile weddings in Auli. The court had also asked the Gupta family to deposit Rs 3 crore to be used to restore the area after events were over.

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