Former Team India all-rounder Ajay Jadeja, who owns a bungalow in the Aldone village in North Goa, has been fined Rs 5,000 for dumping garbage in the neighbouring village of Nachinola, Trupti Bandodkar, the Sarpanch of the village, said on Monday. The sarpanch said that Ajay Jadeja paid the fine without any fuss.
“We are plagued by the garbage issue in our village. Garbage from outside is also dumped in the village, so we appointed some youth to collect the garbage bags and scan them for any proof to identify the culprits. We found a bill in the name of Ajay Jadeja in some bags of garbage,” the sarpanch said.
“When we informed him not to dump the garbage in the village in the future, he said he was willing to pay the fine. So he paid it. We are proud that such a celebrity, a popular cricket player, stays in our village, but such people should follow the garbage norms,” the sarpanch added.
Ajay Jadeja played 15 Tests and 196 ODIs for Team India, having made his international debut in 1992. The Nachinola village is plagued by the problem of garbage being thrown by passing cars and scooters along roadsides. The panchayat authorities are also unable to curb the problem.