Pay fine by 4 pm or we will revoke clearance: NGT tells Art of Living

Submitted by Kumuda on Thu, 2016-03-10 16:36 New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday said that if the Art of Living doesn't pay the penalty of Rs. five crores to the DDA by 4 pm today, it could revoke clearance for the three-day World Culture Festival beginning tomorrow. The NGT yesterday gave its consent for the event, but imposed a penalty of Rs. five crores on the Art of Living Foundation for damaging the environment. A bench headed by NGT chairperson Swantanter Kumar yesterday asked the Ministry of Environment and Forests to file an affidavit and spell out why no environmental clearance is needed for raising temporary structures. The direction came after the counsel appearing for the Ministry of Environment and Forests said that they have found no debris when an expert team visited the site. The counsel added that as per Environment Impact Assessment notification 2006, no environment clearance is needed for temporary structures.  (ANI)