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ESG issues Show Cause Notice to Karan Johar’s Dharma Production for littering in Nerul village

Karan Johar who has been making the headlines recently due to his alleged involvement in the drug cartel following the death of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput and also over allegations of propagating nepotism in Bollywood has yet again come under fire. The Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) has issued a Show Cause Notice to Dharma Production on October 25th following complaints that a lot of waste generated by his film crew, including personal protective equipment (PPE), was dumped in the Goan village of Nerul after shooting was completed earlier this month.
The issue came to light after residents and locals of Nerul furious over the foul smelling and rotting garbage and other unsegregated waste, dumped by the production house complained to the panchayat and circulated images and videos of the littered garbage on social media.
Photos of a peice of land covered in plastic and other waste in the village went viral on social media platforms after shooting wrapped up more than a week ago. Heaps of biomedical waste including PPE kits, masks, sanitary napkins, etc. and unsegregated garbage, and tons of plastic waste, including plates, glasses and cutlery were seen dumped in the area.
The Entertainment Society of Goa had taken notice of this after Lokhancho Ekvott Goa, a social movement to save the villages and heritage of Goa, reported how a shoot by Dharma Productions, directed by Shakun Batra and starring Deepika Padukone and others, left tonnes of garbage around that area after pack up.
According to the guidelines laid by the Directorate of Health Services, all medical gears including PPE kits and other gears used for COVID-19 protection must be scientifically disposed of using incinerators.
Biomedical waste, including PPEs from health centres and government hospitals, is regularly sent to the Goa Medical College (GMC) and hospital’s disposal facility. However, in this case, it was dumped by the roadside, said ESG.
The locals said that the garbage generated during shoot by the crew per day was equivalent to 10 days of garbage generated by the entire village. Matter worsened further as the garbage was not segregated and was packed all together in huge garbage bags which were left on the roadsides of the village. Stray animals tore apart the bags causing the garbage to scatter all over the place.
Criticising the extremely careless and irresponsible act of the production house a group of activists- Lokancho Ekvott from Goa has demanded a public written apology from Karan Johar. They also said that if Dharma Production does not apologize to Goa and its people within 48 hours, the Lokhancho Ekvott would courier parcels of garbage to Karan Johar’s house and the Dharma Productions office in Mumbai.

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