Gupta mess: Family slapped with fine over 30 tons of wedding trash

Gupta mess: Family slapped with fine over 30 tons of wedding trash

The Gupta brothers, Ajay and Atul, have been slapped with fines for litter left behind after their son's weddings generated around 30 tons of garbage in an environmentally sensitive region in India.

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The notorious family has been issued a R30 700 fine for 'scattering garbage' and a further R20 500 fine for 'defecating in the open' after the lavish event.

Their sons, Suryakant and Shashank, got hitched at the lux Auli ski resort near Uttarakhand between June 18 and 22, with celebrities and politicians attending.

Anil Kumar from the Joshimath Municipal Corporation commented on the messy situation, saying:

"Auli is totally clean now. More than 300 quintals (30 tons) of waste have been cleaned. There were some troubles, but we managed to clean the area."

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TimesLIVE reports that the family had paid for the clean-up after the wedding, paying a substantial deposit to the local municipality.

A High Court in the region has instructed local authorities to submit a report by he end of the week, detailing the impact on the environment imposed by the festivities.

Both politicians and activists have blasted the government for allowing the wedding to take place at the ski resort, worried about the environmental impact with plans to fly in guests on chartered helicopters.

Earlier reports saw chief minister of the region, Trivendra Rawat, claiming that the concerns had been 'unnecessary', with the wedding promoting the state as a prime wedding destination.

Political parties and activists criticised the Indian government for permitting a wedding extravaganza at a ski resort, citing environmental concerns and plans to fly in scores of guests by chartered helicopters.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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