Art of Living's Sri Sri Ravi Shankar agrees to pay Rs 5 cr fine, but refuses to relent

| Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 15:56
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Art of Living's Sri Sri Ravishankar agrees to pay Rs 5 cr. fine, but refuses to relent

Art of Living agrees to pay Rs 5 cr. fine

New Delhi: In a major turn of events, the Art of Living Foundation's Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has agreed to pay the penalty imposed on organisation by National Green Tribunal (NGT).
Two months after the World Culture Festival was organized in Delhi by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's Art of Living Foundation, the NGT has directed the organization to pay a fine amounting to Rs 5 crore in compensation, for the damages caused to Yamuna riverbed.  
“We will pay the cash, but fight to get it back and use it for development purposes, we could even go to the Supreme Court,” said Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, according to a Firstpost report.
The organization has reportedly filed a petition and requested the Ministry of Environment and Forests for an independent inquiry into the matter, claiming that they have not caused any damage to the environment. 
The foundation made a part payment of Rs. 25 lakh before the commencement of the event and is yet to pay the entire amount of Rs 5 crore, as directed by NGT. 
Incidentally, many environmentalists too have accused the organization of damaging area near the Yamuna riverbed and disrupting water flows.

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It's completely a shame if it

It's completely a shame if it's been propagated by the media that harm was caused to the environment. I personally have been volunteering for preparing for the event and have seen utmost care been taken to look into that no harm is caused. For hours hundred of volunteers have worked post the event to clean that area. The area was in fact much cleaner post the event as compared to how it was handed over to AOL.

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