Sri Sri event row: Don't test our patience, says NGT to Centre

Sri Sri event row: Don

Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2016-03-09 14:15 New Delhi: In a brand new hurdle for Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's Art of Living World Culture Festival in Delhi, the Water Resource Ministry today informed the National Green Tribune (NGT) that they have not given any permission for the event and the bench expressed its displeasure to the Ministry of Environment and Forests. The bench also pulled up the MoEF for not submitting their affidavit on the question asked by NGT yesterday. Asking the MoEF to not test their patience, the NGT asked them flatly whether permission had been granted to build the bridge-like structure. Later, the counsel of the Art of Living assured the bench that there will be no activity during the event which violates the NGT order and that a sufficient distance will be maintained from the river. The NGT reiterated its question to all respondents that if any environment impact assessment was carried out regarding consequential effects of this event. Meanwhile, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has appealed to all parties to not politicize the mega function, asserting that the World Culture Festival being organised by the Art of Living foundation on the Yamuna floodplains was an event to unite everyone. "I appeal to all parties to not politicize the #WCF2016. It is to unite all cultures, nations, religions