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...