Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's AOL Gets Permission To Host World Cultural Festival On Yamuna Bank

09/03/2016 6:26 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - MARCH 7: Newly constructed buildings and structures for a World Cultural Festival organized by Art of Living on the bank of river Yamuna, on March 7, 2016 in New Delhi, India. The event, slated to take place between March 11-13 on the west bank of Yamuna floodplain near DND flyover, has been organised to celebrate 35 years of The Art of Living. It is being supported by the Centre and the Delhi government among others, and is expected to attract around 35 lakh people. It has come under the scanner of National Green Tribunal after a set of petitions were filed demanding its cancellation over concerns of potential permanent damage to the riverbed. (Photo by Ravi Choudhary/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

The National Green Tribunal on Wednesday (NGT) gave Art of Living (AOL) the go ahead for its World Cultural Festival on the Yamuna riverbed.

NGT also asked AOL to develop the entire area in question into a biodiversity park.

Besides this, AOL has also been asked to deposit the environmental compensation before the start of the programme.

NGT has also asked AOL to give an undertaking by Thursday that enzymes won’t be released into the Yamuna river and no further degradation of environment will take place.

The NGT has told the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to pay Rs.1 lakh and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee to pay Rs.5 lakh as fines for not their discharging statutory functions.

A fine of Rs 5 crore as environment compensation has been slapped on AOL Foundation.

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