Dharma Productions admonished for dumping of garbage in Goa village
A crew allegedly dumped waste indiscriminately after shooting a Deepika Padukone film in the state.
The controversy surrounding the alleged indiscriminate dumping of PPEs and other unsegregated garbage, by a production crew hired by Karan Johar's Dharma productions, for a shoot in a Goa beach village last week, continued to brew on Wednesday. Goa's Waste Management Minister Michael Lobo has now demanded an apology from Mumbai-based Dharma Productions, failing which a fine for littering would be imposed.
"First of all, the directors or owners (of Dharma Productions) should apologise to the people of Goa for doing such a thing. Tender an apology on Facebook, that it was an error and accept fault. We will fine (them) otherwise. Dharma Productions will be fined by the Goa Waste Management," Lobo said.
Earlier on Wednesday, a day after Kangana Ranaut highlighted the issue on Twitter, Goa-based line producer Dilip Borkar, who had been hired by Karan Johar’s production firm, said, “No one knows the ground reality. Kangana Ranaut does not know anything about what is happening here. This is wrong. She is spoiling Goa's name," Borkar told a press conference in Panaji on Wednesday.
"There are efforts to defame us. We do not know why, maybe because Dharma Productions is involved or Karan Johar's name is involved," Borkar said.
The controversy erupted after photos of garbage bags allegedly dumped by the film production crew went viral on social media, following which the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG), a government agency which oversees film-shoot related regulations, issued a show-cause notice to Borkar.
The notice had said that norms of garbage disposal were not followed, while disposing of non-biodegradable waste, which included PPE gear used in the film shoot.
Borkar said that the shooting for the Dharma Productions’ film starring Deepika Padukone, was being carried out in a villa in the beach village of Nerul in North Goa and the daily collection of garbage was dumped at a site designated by the local village Panchayat authority.
"The garbage was disposed of by a local contractor appointed by the village Panchayat every day. Only on Sunday, he failed to do so, after which the photos went viral," Borkar said.