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We haven't damaged Yamu floodplains ecology: AoL

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  7 Jun 2016 12:00 AM GMT

New Delhi, June 6: The Art of Living (AoL) Foundation led by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Monday said it has paid the Rs.5-crore environment compensation imposed by the tiol Green Tribul but maintained it did not cause any damage to the Yamu floodplains in Delhi. “We are yet to produce our evidence in court. We are presenting the evidence before the media just to eble the people understand that we have done nothing wrong,” Jaideep th of AoL said.

“We paid the compensation to assure the tiol Green Tribul that we are fincially good. We have paid the amount but if we win the case, we will ask for its refund,” he added. th said in the first place, there was never any biodiversity in the floodplains which the World Culture Festival organised by the AoL in March would have destroyed.

“It is an agricultural land ploughed by the locals. We never levelled it, as is being alleged by many as it was already a plain and level piece of land,” th asserted. AoL lawyer Kedar Desai said: “The foundation’s legal team is studying the NGT’s verdict and we will decide whether to challenge the verdict in the Supreme Court or not, once court summer vacations are over.” On March 9, the NGT refused to prohibit the holding of the World Culture Festival on the Yamu floodplains, but slapped a fine of Rs.5 crore on the foundation. The foundation deposited only Rs.25 lakh before the three-day event kicked off on March 11. On May 31, the NGT directed the AoL to pay the remaining Rs.4.75 crore as environment compensation. (IANS)

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