Make 'Pous Mela' environment-friendly, NGT tells Visva Bharati

Make 'Pous Mela' environment-friendly, NGT tells Visva Bharati

Kolkata, Oct 25 (PTI) The National Green Tribunal

(NGT) on Friday asked the Visva Bharati University to organise

the 'Pous Mela' at Shantiniketan in an environment-friendly

way in cooperation with West Bengal's Birbhum district

administration and Bolpur Municipality.

The two-member NGT Bench of Justice S P Wangdi and

Prof (Dr) P C Mishra, in a fresh directive, asked the Visva

Bharati to cooperate with the district administration for

safety, security and protection of environment during the

fair.

Visva Bharati along with the Santiniketan Trust and

Bolpur Municipality will jointly bear the responsibility of

cleaning and ensuring the sanitation of the fair,the order

said.

The tribunal ordered that there will be no bursting of

sound-emitting crackers and the display of fireworks, a

tradition followed on the second day of the fair, will be

organised in an open space, away from the fair ground, for not

more than 30 minutes.

The bench, which also enclosed its 2017 order along

similar lines with certain guidelines for holding of the fair,

said that food stalls should be set up in an enclosed area

with adequate measures for controlling dust and waste removal,

and facilities for clean drinking water and toilets.

The NGT further allowed the fair organisers to

continue the annual affair till the fourth day and gave a 48-

hour period for dismantling and removing of stalls.

The tribunal also asked the district authorities to

allow the stall owners to complete the task within the

specified period.

The 'Pous Mela', which draws lakhs of people from

India and abroad, will be held from December 23 this year.

The bench also directed the varsity to ensure proper

management of solid waste and to stop fossil fuel burning

during the fair in cooperation with the state government.

The tribunal had earlier formed a three-member

committee to oversee and monitor the arrangements for the

'Pous Mela'.

Environmentalist Subhas Dutta, West Bengal Pollution

Control Board Chairman Kalyan Rudra and former Advocate

General of West Bengal, Jayanta Mitra are the members of the

panel.

'Visva Bharati, having Prime Minister Narendra Modi as

Chancellor, cannot shy away from taking necessary measures to

make the fair environment-friendly in cooperation with the

state government,' said Dutta.

Visva Bharati authorities, who had earlier said they

would be organising the fair along with trust, were not

available for comments.

The fair was commenced in 1894 by Rabindranath

Tagore's father, Maharshi Debendranath, and Visva-Bharati

started organising the Pous Mela in 1951. PTI SUS

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