The controversy surrounding the Art of Living’s World Culture Festival, seems to be growing with environmentalists saying the event has yet again violated the National Green Tribunal (NGT) orders.
The AOL Fest is being held on Delhi’s Yamuna floodplains. Consistent rains have reduced the venue to a muddy field with slushy wet carpets and planks of wood.
To help the visitors and alleviate the problem, the organisers on March 12 brought coarse sand to put on top of the wet mud and even ploughed the area before adding fresh sand.
According to Manoj Misra, who is an environmentalist, this was “in gross violation of the NGT’s order that imposes a Rs 50,000 fine on dumping of construction material on the floodplains.”
Environmentalist Manoj Misra
The Art of Living Foundation already owes the tribunal Rs 5 crore in fines area for disturbing the floodplain area.