Indian panel says ₹13.29 cr., 10 years needed to restore Yamuna floodplain after festival

YamunapontoonThe rehabilitation of the Yamuna floodplains, “destroyed” due to a cultural extravaganza organised by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living, will cost ₹13.29 crore and take almost 10 years, an expert committee has told the National Green Tribunal (NGT).

The committee, headed by Shashi Shekhar, Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, has informed the panel that a major restoration work had to be carried out to compensate for the damage to the Yamuna floodplains.

“It has been estimated that approximately 120 hectares of floodplains of west [right bank] of the river Yamuna and about 50 hectares of floodplains of the eastern side [left bank] of the river have been adversely impacted ecologically at different magnitudes,” it said.

Last year, the green body allowed Art of Living to hold the three-day ‘World Culture Festival’ while expressing its helplessness in banning the event because of “fait accompli.” It, however, imposed ₹5 crore as interim environment compensation on the Art of Living Foundation for the event’s impact on the environment.

Read the full article in The Hindu