03 December, 2020

Poisons For A Party

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

Stepping Over
Pontoon bridges being built on the Yamuna by the army for participants to cross
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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