New Delhi: A report submitted by the experts appointed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) states that the ‘World Culture Festival’ held on the banks of the river Yamuna in Delhi by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living has “completely destroyed” the riverbed.
The panel headed by Shashi Shekhar, Secretary, and Ministry of Water Resources with six other members submitted the report to NGT on July 28. As per the report, “the entire floodplain area used for the main event site, i.e. between the DND flyover and Barapullah drain (on the right bank of river Yamuna) has been completely destroyed, not simply destroyed. The ground is now totally levelled, compacted and hardened, totally devoid of water bodies or depressions, and almost completely devoid of any vegetation (except a few large cattails at the base of the DND flyover)”.
The seven members committee was instructed by NGT to assess the impact of the festival that was held in March.
The Art of Living Foundation was allowed to go ahead with the ‘World Culture Festival’ on the condition that the foundation would pay Rs five crore. The next hearing on the matter will take place on September 28.