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Environmentalist raises concerns over wedding of tycoons' son in Auli

IANS  |  Ghaziabad 

A Ghaziabad-based environmentalist has written to Minister Javadekar expressing concern over the upcoming wedding of the sons of two South Africa-based controversial tycoon brothers in the ski destination of Auli in

and environmentalist Akash Vashishtha, in his letter, states that he would be compelled to seek legal action, if the government does not act ahead of the event.

Vashishtha's letter states he was disturbed to learn about the wedding of the sons of and -- who are being probed by the for alleged money laundering -- between June 18-20 in Auli area of district in the Garhwal Himalayas.

While Ajay Gupta's son gets married on June 18-20, his younger brother Atul Gupta's son ties the knot on June 20-22. People monitoring the arrangements peg the wedding to cost an estimated Rs 200 crore!

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

"It is extremely rich in genetic biodiversity, with over 500 species of high-altitude flowering plants and its eco-sensitivity has been asserted in the reports of several commissions."

The letter says: "The Garhwal Himalayas are already battling for pristinity and existence, with no mechanism yet for enforcement of the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, no sewage system, no assessment of carrying capacities, no water harvesting systems, no framing of the zonal plans and no assessments of the Cumulative Impact and any such unmindful and reckless personal event would cause irreversible damage to the fragile ecology of the whole landscape."

According to letter: "The sudden rise in the number of people in the form of their guests would generate massive quantum of waste, heat and sound, which would be grossly deleterious to the local

"This kind of personal wedding functions would also set a very wrong precedent for the future and would counter the ongoing private as well as government's efforts towards conserving the fragile ecology," it adds.

Vashishtha says: "It is highly unfortunate and unwarranted that the government is itself promoting this ecologically-disastrous affair. It is equally unfortunate that the Centre is maintaining silence on the issue.

"We would humbly request you to issue urgent directions under Section 5 of the (Protection) Act, 1986 to halt this environmentally disastrous wedding event of two private individuals who are also bring probed for violation of the tax laws of "

"If action is not taken, we would be compelled to seek judicial review and damages towards the environment from the parties concerned," says the letter.



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First Published: Wed, June 12 2019. 13:56 IST