New Delhi : The Art of Living foundation has paid Rs 4.75 crore environment compensation to the Delhi Development Authority for an event on the Yamuna floodplain after the National Green Tribunal rejected its plea to accept a bank guarantee instead. The compensation in favour for damage to the Yamuna floodplains during its World Culture Festival in March this year.
Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living had deposited the compensation amount through demand draft to the DDA on June 3. The NGT had earlier on March 9 refused to prohibit the World Culture Festival on the bank of Yamuna, but slapped a fine of Rs. 5 crore on the foundation for damaging biodiversity of the ecologically sensitive floodplains.
The Art of Living had on May 10 issued a clarification over the notice issued by the NGT against Sri Sri Ravi Shankar for his alleged remarks against the green panel, saying the allegations against the spiritual leader were ‘completely false’ and based merely on ‘newspaper reports’. The NGT notice was issued to the spiritual leader for his alleged remarks that the fine imposed by the green panel for organising an event on the banks of river Yamuna was politically motivated.