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Poisons For A Party

The Yamuna flood plains are ruined in preparation of Art of Living’s grand jamboree

Poisons For A Party
Stepping Over | Photo by Tribhuvan Tiwari
Poisons For A Party
outlookindia.com
2016-03-11T22:15:25+05:30

When a ‘holy’ man meets a holy river, the result can only lead to troubled waters. That’s precisely how thi­­ngs are panning out after Sri Sri Ravi Shankar decided to stage a humongous event in Delhi. The event, the World Cultural Festival—to mark 35 years of Art of Living (AOL)—is expected to attract over 30 lakh followers. Naturally, that requires a massive expanse of land, and the one AOL sele­cted was on the banks of the Yamuna. A team of eng­ineers and construction workers were busy clearing the area and putting up the mammoth infrastructure when the spoilers stepped in. The Nati­onal Green Tribunal (NGT) sent a team to survey the work in preparation for the March 13 event. The team reported the following:

  • The entire area from the river to the DND flyover has been levelled flat.
  • Existing water bodies had been filled up, natural vegetation removed and construction debris was dumped on roads being constructed along the margins of the river.
  • Pontoon bridges were being...
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