It has become a much better place: Uma Bharti after visiting Sri Sri's event site

| Sunday, June 5, 2016 - 23:09
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Water Resources, Uma Bharti, World Environment Day, World Culture Festival Sri Sri Ravishankar

Trees were not cut, only bushes were cleared which was much needed: Uma Bharti

New Delhi: On the occasion of World Environment day, Union Minister for water resources Uma Bharti visited Yamuna floodplains, the site of World Culture Festival, a mega event organised by Sri Sri Ravishankar, on Sunday.

While addressing the media Uma Bharti said, “This issue was debated so much, so I wanted to come here and see. I can see that it has become a much better place.”

“Trees were not cut, only bushes were cleared which was much needed”, Uma Bharti added.

World Culture Festival that was held from March 11 to March 13, was a mega event involving lakhs of attendees over a period of 3 days.

The event gave rise to a controversy that claimed that the site (Yamuna river) was being damaged by the organisation while making arrangements for the event and the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had also demanded a compensation of Rs 5 crore from Sri Sri Ravishankar and his organisation, Art of Living. 


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Yamuna floodplain/art of living/

The NGT verdict is a ridiculous one. If DDA allowed the event to proceed they shld be held culpable. How is AoL to be blamed for adhering to the rules, dismantling everything and still being made to pay 5 crores.

aol paying 4.5 crore fine

This is not 'fine'. It is very sad and if Sri Sri wanted like any other politician this could have also been turned into a political issue across the country with the kind of support he enjoys and especially when contrary toNGT claims no harm has bene done . But he has refrained from exploiting the issue for self interest and adhering to the law howsoever blind it may be, has paid fine . Hats off to his humility and greatness

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