The administration of the holy city of Varanasi is planning to ban smoking on Ganga Ghats.
According to reports, Varanasi Municipal Corporation is planning to impose a fine if anyone is caught smoking at public places.
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
The administration is said to have adopted a resolution to clean and maintain the ghats. The mayor has even decided to place urns on the ghats to collect floral and other kind of wastes.
Varanasi, which has 84 ghats of historical and religious importance, will soon also have signboards explaining the history of the ghats.
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.
NGO’s will also have to ensure that the ghats are clean and well-maintained.
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.
The mayor also asked the NGOs to ensure that the security at the ghats is tightened.