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Assess damage to floodplain: NGT

gurgaon Updated: May 26, 2016 13:19 IST

NEW DELHI: The National Green Tribunal on Wednesday directed the principal committee, constituted for the rejuvenation of the Yamuna, to inspect the site on river floodplains where a threeday festival was organised by Art of Living.

The World Culture Festival in March had triggered a huge controversy. The foundation was accused of causing extensive damage to the eco-sensitive floodplain and the river while building the stage for the three-day extravaganza.

A bench ordered the committee to assess the damage caused to Yamuna floodplains and submit a final report within two weeks.

NGT asked the foundation to file its reply within 3 days on an application which had alleged the spiritual guru had termed its earlier order as “politically motivated”.

A foundation spokesperson said the Art of Living was ready with replies to applications on enzymes and alleged statements by Sri Sri to a section of media.

“The NGT gave three more days to file the replies. The allegation by Manoj Misra regarding Sri Sri’s comment on the NGT order are baseless. The petition was based on unverified newspaper reports. The Art of Living has the video of the speech that clearly shows that no such comment was made by Sri Sri. It was yet another malafide attempt by Misra to malign and tarnish his image by false claims,” the statement said.

First Published: May 26, 2016 13:19 IST