The Entertainement Society of Goa (ESG) served the notice following complaints that the film crew had dumped a lot of waste along the roads of Nerul village in North Goa, while shooting for an upcoming film directed by Shakun Batra. After the team wrapped up shooting, the film’s crew allegedly dumped used PPE kits, masks and other protective gears in garbage bags on the track leading to the village.
According to the Goa Chronicle report, local residents of the area alleged that the amount of garbage generated per day by the filming crew nearly equalled the garbage generated by the entire village. The unsegregated garbage was littering the road, which was later picked at and scattered all over the place by stray dogs, locals added.
The Goa government said that a fine will be imposed in the absence of an apology.
The issue came to light after the local residents, unable to withstand the foul smell of the garbage, filed a complaint with the local panchayat. Photos and a video of a piece of land littered with garbage, started doing rounds on the social media with the ESG tagged to these posts.
In the state, biomedical waste is usually sent to the Goa Medical College and the hospital’s disposal facility.
The report further stated that ‘Lokancho Ekvott’, a movement to save Goa’s heritage locations and villages, have warned that if Dharma Productions fails to issue an apology within 48 hours, it would send some of the garbage to Johar’s house and some of it to his office in Mumbai.
Neither Johar nor Dharma Productions have issued any statement on this.