Gupta wedding
Auli: Kritika Singhal, daughter of diamond merchant Suresh Singhal and Suryakant, son of industrialist Ajay Gupta during their wedding ceremony, in Auli, Thursday, June 20, 2019. Image Credit: PTI

Dehradun: Uttarakhand's Joshimath Municipality is faced with an uphill task of clearing quintals of garbage left behind after the high-profile Gupta family weddings last week at Auli. The weddings were reportedly at a cost of INR 200 crore (over Dh105 million).

Over 220 quintal or 22 tonnes of waste had been collected from the wedding site between Sunday and Monday noon with the municipality bringing in seven to eight trucks for the purpose, top government officials said. The municipality officials said they would be able to completely clean the site by June 30.

S.P. Nautiyal, Executive Officer of the Joshimath Muncipality said the garbage being collected from the wedding site was being transported in trucks to private contractors in Haridwar for final disposal. "One truck of garbage is being sold to the contractors for INR 50,000-Rs 70,000 depending upon the type of waste," he said.

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The municipality has not reported any environmental damage during the wedding extravaganza. Joshimath Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Vaibav Gupta said he did not come across any controversies either during the wedding.

Prep and inspections throughout

The Gupta family had already deposited INR 3 crore (around Dh1.6 million) with the Chamoli district authorities as per a Nainital High Court order.

Following the High Court order, a team of 13 officials monitored and videographed the wedding functions at Auli. The team included officials from the Forest Department, State Pollution Control Board, Chamoli District Administration, Uttarakhand Jal Sansthan, Revenue Department and the Public Works Department.

Since the court barred helicopters from Auli, the choppers landed at Ravigram near Joshimath helipad from where the guests were ferried to the wedding venue by cars.

The court also fixed the numbers of guests at 150.

Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, Baba Ramdev were among the VIPs who blessed the newly-weds. A bevy of Bollywood stars, including Katrina Kaif, performed at the wedding.