Fine money to be used for ecological restoration
GN Bureau | March 10, 2016
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has threatened to revoke permission for the World Culture Festival if the Art of Living foundation (AoL) does not cough up the fine by 4 pm on Thursday.
The NGT had given a go ahead to the festival taking strict note of the damage done by the organisers on the Yamuna river flood plains and riverbed and slapped a fine of Rs 5 crore. However, a defiant Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, in an interview with NDTV, said that he will not pay the fine and will appeal against the decision. A hearing is scheduled at NGT from 4 pm onwards.
The fine amount is expected to increase manifold once the principal committee appointed by the tribunal submits its report in four weeks. The fine will be used to restore the floodplains though activists rue that the original ecology is lost forever.
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