The Tribunal has also directed that the Rs 5 crore paid by the organisation as a fine be utilised by the DDA for restoration of the affected area.
DDA has been told to submit a report within a week, after consulting the expert panel’s assessment of damages.
The expert committee had stated that Rs 42.02 crore would be required to restore the floodplains from the damage caused to it by the Art of Living’s cultural event.
The Art of Living founder has said the government and NGT should be held responsible if any environmental damage had been caused.
Despite much hue and cry, the NGT had allowed the AOL to hold the three-day festival in the region as a fait accompli last year.
Janderson Fernandes de Oliveira used to dream of a man with a white beard who he met years later in an ashram at Rishikesh, after which he became a guru at the ashram.
The upcoming Art of Living cultural festival in Delhi is not the first time that right-wingers within the Indian polity are embarrassing the Indian state. A similar situation developed in 1957 when the Vishva Dharma Sammelan (world conference of all religions) was organised in Delhi on November 17-18, 1957. The […]
AOL termed the expert committer’s report that found that the World Culture Festival organised by it had caused possible irreversible damage to the Yamuna floodplain, as biased.
While the case is now scheduled for the next hearing on August 28, the final outcome of the damage caused, if any, will ultimately be decided based not on rhetoric but on some solid scientific evidence.
Levelling land to construct for the World Culture Festival has caused possibly irreversible damage to the vegetation, organisms, water bodies and floodwater retention capacity of the Yamuna floodplain.
In their submission of a penalty of Rs 120 crore, that is not based on any scientific assessment, the expert committee may have harmed their own cause.
The organisation headed by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has claimed that their voice had never been heard and they were hoping for justice.
The tribunal, which had on April 21 pulled up the Art of Living Foundation for allegedly preventing the expert committee from visiting the floodplains on April 15, heard the counsel of both Art of Living and the land owning agency, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), as also the petitioner Manoj Mishra of the Yamuna Jiye Abhiyan, before reserving its order.
Environmentalist Manoj Mishra discusses the NGT’s decision to allow the World Cultural Festival to be held on the Yamuna floodplains, and its diminished status as a result.
A four-member bench of the National Green Tribunal imposed a fine on the Art of Living Foundation but allowed its cultural festival to go ahead.
New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal on Tuesday began day-to-day hearings into a petition filed by environmentalist Manoj Misra of Yamuna Jiye Abhiyan to establish if the mega Art of Living celebration on the banks of the Yamuna’s from March 11 to 13 would cause damage to the its ecology. […]
New Delhi: The controversial three-day ‘World Culture Festival’ being organised by the Art of Living Foundation of godman Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on the banks of the Yamuna from March 11 is aimed at “Making Life a Celebration”, but for many farmers who own or till land at […]