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
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
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
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
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
'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