Art of Living event ruined Yamuna floodplains, restoration to cost Rs 42 crore – NGT

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lawzmag.comThe damage to the Yamuna floodplains caused by the Art of Living’s three-day cultural festival last year will cost more than Rs 42 crore and at least 10 years to fix, according to the expert panel appointed by the National Green Tribunal.

The Foundation has, however, called the committee biased and acting with vested interests.The expert panel, headed by Shashi Shekhar, secretary of ministry of water resources, submitted its report to the NGT on Wednesday, on damage assessment following the Art of Living’s three-day World Culture Festival in March 2016.

The panel has suggested a time-bound action plan, which comprises two components – physical and biological rehabilitation. The physical component is estimated to cost around Rs 28.73 crore and the biological part would cost around Rs 13.29 crore.

“In addition to this, there would be expenditure for the monitoring by a team of experts for 10 years and the cost of transportation of material outside the floodplain,” said an expert.

As carried in Hindustantimes on 13.4.2017

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