Despite trouble with NGT, Art of Living continues preparations for World Culture Festival

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Art of Living is organising World Culture Festival on the banks of the Yamuna from 11 to 13 March. The National Green Tribunal recently pulled up the organisers, asking how can a structure of 40 feet high and equally large in size remain erect without digging the ground to fix poles using boulders, compaction of floodplains, levelling etc? The Foundation replied that no concretisation was done and mud was used for levelling. Naresh Sharma/Firstpost

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The NGT asked the Art of Living Foundation at the hearing on Tuesday as to why a temporary construction on the ground cannot be considered as a 'construction'. The Foundation replied that eco-friendly materials were used for the construction. Naresh Sharma/Firstpost

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Construction work is seen taking place at the venue for the World Culture Festival. The Delhi Development Authority initially did not grant permission as the NGT has a standing order in place that prohibits any kind of event at the Yamuna banks. However, the DDA later granted permission. Naresh Sharma/Firstpost

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The AOL Foundation told the NGT that they expect two to three lakh attendees at the event. However, their website claims that they expect 35 lakh attendees. Naresh Sharma/Firstpost

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During the hearing, the Foundation revealed to the NGT that there was no environment impact assessment done officially, though the matter had been discussed with various ministries and officials. Naresh Sharma/Firstpost

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The petitioners, the government agencies involved and the Art of Living Foundation will have to attend another hearing at the NGT court on Wednesday. Naresh Sharma/Firstpost