President Pranab Mukherjee would not attend a cultural festival being organised by the Art of…
New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal will resume a crucial hearing on Tuesday on pleas seeking cancellation of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living three-day ‘World Culture Festival’ on the Yamuna flood plains to celebrate 35 years of the foundation.It is mentioned that Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is one of the core supporter of the PM Modi.
President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday decided to pull out of a cultural extravaganza being organised by Art of Living guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar as a controversy raged over the three-day event on the flood plains of river Yamuna that has raised environmental concerns.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to inaugurate event on Friday and the President was to attend the valedictory function on Sunday.Narendra Modi is scheduled to inaugurate event on Friday and the President was to attend the valedictory function on Sunday.
“The President cannot attend the function due to unavoidable circumstances,” an official of the Rashtrapati Bhavan said .
The National Green Tribunal will resume a crucial hearing on Tuesday on pleas seeking cancellation of Art of Living three-day ‘World Culture Festival’ to celebrate 35 years of the foundation.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Swatanter Kumar will hear the matter in which Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Uttar Pradesh and Delhi government will make their submissions with regard to grant of permission to the festival.
On March 3, DDA had submitted that it had granted conditional permission for organising the event and had no idea about the magnitude of the programme.
The DDA had denied the suggestion that it had provided 3.5 hectare of land for a parking lot on the banks of the river and said it had only provided over 20 hectares for the recreational programme.
The NGT is also hearing a plea against the foundation’s plan to release ‘enzymes’ into 17 drains joining Yamuna for cleaning the river.
It had also constituted an expert committee headed by Water Resources Secretary Shashi Shekhar to inspect the site of the proposed festival.
Meanwhile, the Indian Army, which has built a pontoon bridge on the Yamuna for the festival, is likely to build one more to ease movement of a large number of people expected to attend the controversy ridden mega event.
The Art of Living foundation, which is organising the function, will have yoga and meditation sessions, peace prayers by Sanskrit scholars and traditional cultural performances from India and abroad.