Art of Living live up to its name! Sri Sri Ravishankar pays 5 crore compensation for Yamuna plains damage

| Monday, June 6, 2016 - 11:32
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Delhi : After several rounds of court hearings in the National Green Tribunal, the Sri Sri Ravishankar’s Art of Living (AOL) Foundation finally submitted second and the final installment of its compensation amounting to Rs 4.75 crore, for damage to the Yamuna floodplains during its World Culture Festival in the month of  March this year.
A statement issued by the AOL foundation states: "We have deposited the compensation amount of Rs 4.75 crore without prejudice to the DDA account through a demand draft on June 3."
 "Yes, we have received it. It is good see AOL abiding by the law. This amount shall be used for the betterment of the environment and that of the Yamuna river", J P Agarwal, principal commissioner of Delhi Development Authority (DDA), was quoted as saying in an India Today report.
The NGT had imposed a fine on the AOL foundation for damaging the Yamuna floodplains by hosting its World Culture Festival from March 11-13 this year. 
A scientific committee had, in fact, recommended a fine to the tune of Rs 120 crore after it revealed considerable evidences, citing large-scale damage to Yamuna floodplains. However, earlier Sri Sri Ravishankar had also claimed the foundation does not believe it caused any damage to the floodplains and won't relent in the matter.

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