After Rs 200-crore Auli wedding, NRI Gupta family will pay Rs 54K for clearing dump

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Kritika Singhal (R), daughter of diamond merchant Suresh Singhal, and Suryakant (L), son of industrialist Ajay Gupta, got married in Auli on June 20.

Highlights

  • The Guptas have deposited the sum to Municipal Corporation
  • The NRIs have agreed to pay future costs of waste disposal
  • A PIL was filed stating environmental concerns due to the extensive wedding preparations
  • The wedding celebrations too place from June 19 to June 22
  • Big names like Katrina Kaif, Badshah, Ramdev Baba, Sidharth Malhotra attended the functions
AULI (UTTARAKHAND): The Gupta family has deposited Rs 54,000 with the Municipal Corporation here and has also agreed to pay the entire cost of cleaning up after their mega Rs 200 crore wedding functions left the town of Auli with major waste management problems.

The Municipality has deployed 20 workers to clear the waste lying around in the area.

Waste left behind in Auli following the large-scale weddings hosted by the South Africa-based Gupta family. (Image: AFP)
Waste left behind following the large-scale Auli weddings hosted by the South Africa-based Gupta family. (Image: AFP)


The High Court has also instructed the District Administration and Pollution Control Board to submit a report by July 7 on the harm caused to the environment due to the waste.

The next hearing in the matter is scheduled for July 8.

Ajay and Atul Gupta's sons weddings took place in Auli on a budget of Rs 200 crore.
Ajay and Atul Gupta's sons weddings took place in Auli on a budget of Rs 200 crore.

"The Gupta family had deposited Rs 54,000 as user charge. Over 150 quintal waste has been cleaned up till now. After the cleaning work is complete the total bill of all the expenses, including manual labour and vehicles, will be sent to them. The family has agreed to pay the entire bill and also provide a vehicle to the Municipality," said Shailendra Panwar, Municipality President.
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The wedding celebrations of Suryakant, son of Ajay Gupta, took place in Auli from June 18 to 20, while the marriage of Atul Gupta's son Shashank was held from June 20 to 22.

Auli - situated at an altitude of 2,505 metres, in close proximity to the snow-covered Himalayan peaks such as Nanda Devi, Mana Parvat and Kamat - is a fragile ecology, blanketed with thick snow for most parts of the year.​
According to Vashishtha, Auli - situated at an altitude of 2,505 metres, in close proximity to the snow-covered Himalayan peaks such as Nanda Devi, Mana Parvat and Kamat - is a fragile ecology, blanketed with thick snow for most parts of the year.

Earlier, a PIL was filed stating the extensive wedding preparations were damaging the environment.

Many celebrities, including chief ministers, B-Town stars like Katrina Kaif, yoga guru Baba Ramdev had attended the wedding. Ramdev also conducted a two-hour yoga session at the wedding. Choppers were hired to ferry the guests.

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Almost all the hotels and resorts were booked and flowers were imported from Switzerland for the two high-profile marriages.


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