ibusinesslines.com
ibusinesslines.com May 23, 2018


NGT slams Sri Sri Ravi Shankar for Yamuna plains damage

20 April 2017, 06:48 | Erica Roy

NGT slams Sri Sri Ravi Shankar for Yamuna plains damage

NGT slams Sri Sri Ravi Shankar for Yamuna plains damage

Barely an hour after the National Green Tribunal slammed Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and his Art of Living foundation, the spiritual leader responded saying AOL has done no wrong. "You have no sense of responsibility", NGT Chairperson Swatantra Kumar said.

"Yesterday, Sri Sri said that if any damage has been caused to the environment by the huge three-day cultural festival he held on the banks of the River Yamuna in Delhi a year ago, it is the government and the court who should take the blame, because they allowed the event".

A day after spiritual figure and founder of Art of Living foundation Sri Sri Ravi Shankar blamed the government and the National Green Tribunal (NGT) for permitting his NGO to hold the World Culture Festival on the Yamuna river bed, NGT slammed him and said that the founder's statement was shocking.

The AOL had said it is the government and the NGT that should be fined.

"We have placed significant material on record before the NGT which clearly shows the committee is biased". It had initially imposed a Rs 5 crore interim compensation on AOL for the environmental damage caused by the event.

Ravinshankar, however, shot back, "The truth is we have caused no damage to the Yamuna".


The foundation also asserted that its legal team will study the NGT report and decide on the future course of action.

He went on criticising the expert panel appointed by the green tribunal. "From permanent damage to 10yrs & appointing themselves to restore the place".

A seven-member expert committee, headed by former Secretary of Water Resources Ministry Shashi Shekhar, had said it would take Rs 42.02 crore and a decade for the ecological rehabilitation of the Yamuna floodplains from adverse damages caused by the mega festival. In it recommendations to the NGT, the expert committee said that major restoration work has to be carried out to compensate for the damage to Yamuna floodplains.

Earlier in this month, after the NGT stated that Sri Sri's AOL was responsible for destroying the Yamuna floodplain during the "World Culture Festival", the foundation today cried foul while terming it to be a "conspiracy".

"From Rs 120 crore for wetlands to Rs 13 crore for flood plains".



Other News

Trending Now

Labour MPs call on London mayor to help with general election campaign
An aide later insisted Labour will vote to hold the election, but declined to say whether a three-line whip will be imposed. A man passing by commented: "I hope you become Prime Minister " - prompting a smile and thanks from Mr Corbyn.

Barkha Singh quits Congress post, blames Rahul Gandhi and Ajay Maken
Barkha Shukla Singh, chief of Delhi Women's Congress cell resigned from her post on Thursday, according to media reports. Their plea to Mr Gandhi, she said, "fell on deaf ears".

Bayern Munich file complaint over 'violent attacks' by Spanish police
After we went 2-1 up and with 11 players, we were in great mental shape and then we had the wind taken out of our sails. The linesman's flag was not raised, though, and the Portuguese obliged with a lethal left footed finish.

Vinson carrier group expected off Korea in late April
Sending aircrafts and other military assets near that area is not unusual for the USA and just recently the Vinson was in South Korea for military exercises.

Tuchel We must overcome bus attack, says manager
I look at it and feel proud thinking of all the harm they wanted to cause and that it ended only in this. Tuchel said: "It's a four-week break [for Bartra]".

Trump to nominate Scott Brown as ambassador to New Zealand
The role is at least the second in the administration for which Brown, formerly of Wrentham, has been considered. He ran for the Senate in New Hampshire in 2014 but was unable to defeat Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen .

James Gunn to write and direct third 'Guardians of the Galaxy' movie
Why? Asking a Marvel fan to pick their favorite superhero movie is like asking a parent to pick their favorite child. While Faris was anxious the candid pics would annoy her husband, Pratt said he found her tweeting "endearing".