The administration of the holy city of Varanasi is planning to ban smoking on Ganga Ghats.
The fine can be set at Rs.200.
The initiative is said to have been taken by Varanasi Mayor Ramgopal Mohley, district magistrate VK Anand and few NGOs.
Varanasi Mayor Ramgopal Mohley. NNVNS
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The NGOs who have adopted the ghats have also been given an ultimatum by the mayor to install benches, water ATMs, dustbins, parasols, and CCTV cameras at their individual ghats. They have also been asked to make arrangements for WiFi facilities.
Reports say that the maintenance and beautification of the main Dashaswamedh Ghat will also be taken up with proposal to repair the steps, cleaning of stone walls with enamel paint, removal of scum, construction of jetty for boats and arrangement for cleaning of Ganga being the primary concerns.
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