Only two of the around one hundred 'marriage gardens' in Bhopal are authorised to operate amid reports of repeated environmental violations, the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) told the central bench of National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday.
"As per the submissions of the BMC, there were about 103 marriage gardens operating in and around the city of Bhopal. It has been submitted that out of the 24 marriage gardens regarding which a report was submitted after inspection carried out on August 16 last year, two have become non-operational and they discontinued their operation and the other 22 have not been granted permission by the BMC," the NGT said in an order.
"As regards the remaining, it is submitted that some of them have moved applications and their applications are under consideration. However, no permission has been granted. None of them have been granted permission as of today and not a single marriage garden is allowed to operate as they have not obtained consent from the BMC, except two," the order added.
The NGT also ordered the local administration to ensure no unauthorised 'marriage garden' operated in Bhopal and that violators, if any, were penalised appropriately.
In June this year, the BMC had warned marriage garden owners of action if they failed to submit required documents for registration. The owners were instructed to apply for fresh permits within 15 days then.
An official report had earlier stated that none among the 25 'marriage gardens' around the Upper Lake of Bhopal possessed pollution clearances or permission for hosting wedding ceremonies.
The report also said waste material was found lying on premises of many of these gardens and existing sewer lines were in complete disarray.