Art Of Living faces Rs 120 Cr. Fine For damaging Yamuna floodplains

The Art of Living Foundation might have to fork out Rs 120 crore as “penalty” for the damage caused to the Yamuna floodplains in the run-up to its March 11-13 event expected to be attended by three-and-a-half million devotees. A National Green Tribunal (NGT) panel has estimated Rs 100-120 crore as the cost of restoration of the western side of the floodplains after examining the extent of damage, and recommended that the amount be collected before the event.

NGT panel Headed by  Shashi Shekhar, secretary of the water resources ministry, and comprising CR Babu of the environment and forests ministry, Prof AK Gosain of IIT-Delhi and Prof Brij Gopal of Jaipur — gave its report, viewed by HT, after visiting the site of the foundation’s World Culture Festival. That amount to be collected from the foundation headed by spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar would be used for ecological restoration as, according to experts, huge quantity of debris is to be removed, the site de-compacted, natural topography and contours restored, temporary roads removed, natural vegetation re-planted and so on.

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                                                                                                   Source – Indian express


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