12/04/2017 8:49 PM IST | Updated 12/04/2017 9:08 PM IST

Yamuna Floodplains Destroyed By Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's AOL Event Will Cost ₹13.29 Cr And Over 10 Yrs To Restore: NGT

Floodplains were used for 'World Culture Festival' earlier in March 2016.

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NEW DELHI -- The National Green Tribunal (NGT) appointed Committee of Experts has found Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's Art of Living (AOL) foundation responsible for destroying the entire Yamuna floodplain area used by the foundation for its event during the 'World Culture Festival' earlier in March 2016.

The expert panel has told the NGT that the rehabilitation of Yamuna floodplains destroyed by AOL's 'World Culture Festival' will cost ₹13.29 crores and take almost 10 years.

The green panel had last year allowed the AOL to hold the three-day 'World Culture Festival' on the Yamuna flood plains but following the event the former slapped a fine of ₹5 crore as interim environment compensation on the foundation for damaging biodiversity of the ecologically sensitive floodplains.

The Art of Living had submitted the final instalment of its compensation amounting to ₹4.75 crore in June last year.

The foundation had deposited the compensation amount through demand draft to the DDA on 3 June.

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