NGT ban flouted for second day of the Chhath festival
NEW DELHI: Thousands of devotees assembled at Rabindra Sarobar in the city Wednesday on the occasion of Chhath festival, violating for the second day the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ban against polluting the 73-acre water body or bursting crackers in the eco-sensitive zone.
The violation of the NGT ban took place on Tuesday, too, by a huge number of devotees who stood in the water, took the ritualistic dip and made prayer offerings to the setting and rising sun, besides bursting crackers and playing music loudly.
The NGT, East Zone, had on November 12 refused to entertain a petition filed by the Rashtriya Bihari Samaj seeking that the Chhath festival be allowed again at Rabindra Sarobar this year.
Environmentalist S M Ghosh said that around 30,000 Chhath devotees and revellers had gathered at Rabindra Sarobar in the southern parts of the city Wednesday morning to offer prayers.
They came in processions, bursting firecrackers and playing very loud music to the accompaniment of drum beats, and he and his team recorded sound pollution in the range of 90 decibel between 8 am and 10 am, which is a clear violation of the National Green Tribunal direction, Ghosh said.