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.