Green Court Seeks Delhi Government's Reply on Cleaning Yamuna Floodplains

Art of Living told the National Green Tribunal that debris already existed on the Yamuna floodplains before the event and the condition of the floodplains was 'pathetic'

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Green Court Seeks Delhi Government's Reply on Cleaning Yamuna Floodplains

Environment activists have alleged the Art of Living event harmed the Yamuna floodplains

New Delhi:  The National Green Tribunal today sought an explanation from the Delhi government and the Delhi Development Authority on the claims made by Art of Living that debris already existed on the Yamuna floodplains before its mega event last year.

The NGT bench headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar asked the Delhi government, along with the DDA and Delhi Metro, to show the extent of debris removed by them.

"You have filed affidavits before us... stating that debris from the floodplains of Yamuna have been removed. However, they (Art of Living) are saying something different. You address us on that behalf," the bench said.

The NGT's observation came after the lawyer for Art of Living told the green panel that debris already existed on the site before the event and the condition of the floodplains was "pathetic".

Earlier, an expert committee told the NGT in a report that it would need Rs 42.02 crore and many years to restore the Yamuna floodplains to the same condition before the three-day cultural event.

The NGT will hear the matter again tomorrow.
 

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