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