The National Green Tribunal (NGT) today attributed the organization of the Art of Living Foundation (AOL) to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar‘s Organization for the damage caused to the Yamuna sinking area due to organizing the World Cultural Festival in March last year. The bench chaired by Tribunal Justice Justice Swatanter Kumar, however, refused to increase the environmental compensation on AOL and said that the five crore rupees already deposited by him will be used for the restoration of pre-condition in the sink area.
On the basis of the report of the expert committee, the bench upheld the AOL for the loss of the Yamuna sinking area. In the bench, Justice J Rahim and specialist member BS Sajwan were also involved. The bench directed the Delhi Development Authority to assess the expenses incurred due to the drowning area and the expenses incurred in restoring it according to the recommendation of the Expert Committee.
The bench said that if the expenditure in repairing the damage is more than five crore rupees, then it will be recovered from the AOL. He said that if the cost comes less than five crore rupees then the balance will be returned to the foundation. The bench said that the Yamuna sinking area should not be used for any such activity which would harm the environment. The bench, however, refused to make a decision whether AOL was authorized to organize the ceremony on the Yamuna coast or not. The bench said that it is outside its jurisdiction.
Tribunal pulled DDA for failing to comply with its duty to save Yamuna but he did not make any penalty. It was told before the verdict that Justice RS Rathore, who had heard the matter in the past, has separated himself from the bench.
AOL’s lawyer said that the decision will go to the Supreme Court against this decision. AOL said that we do not agree with the decision and the Art of Living disappointed with the decision of the Tribunal. The organization said that our arguments were not considered. The organization said that he hopes that he will get justice from the Supreme Court.
After hearing the plea of Manoj Mishra, the tribunal reserved its order on November 13 in this case. In this petition, it was claimed that this Ayog has caused heavy damages to the river and its coastline and should be corrected.
The Art of Living Foundation (AOL) said on Thursday that it will approach the Supreme Court against the decision of the National Green Tribunal to be responsible for the damage caused to Yamuna Dub Khetra by organizing its cultural festival in March, 2016. AOL, claiming “disappointment” on the NGT decision, claimed that it had followed the rules of the environment and its pleas were not considered.
AOL said in a statement, “The Art of Living is disappointed with NGT’s decision … We do not agree with the decision. Our arguments were not considered. “The statement said that the AOL is a law abiding organization and will stand for the Supreme Court for justice.” It said, “We will appeal in the Supreme Court.” We are sure that we will get justice in the Supreme Court. “The NGT, while applying the AOL, refused to impose any environmental compensation on it and said that the AOL had used five crore rupees previously deposited in the revival of the submergence Will go.