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Art of dumping: Garbage mess at World Culture Festival

Art of dumping: Garbage mess at World Culture Festival


Mangalore Today News Network

Mar 19, 2016: Garbage piles up at the site of the Art of Living’s World Culture Festival on the Yamuna riverbed in Delhi.


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The controversial three-day festival ended on Sunday. Green groups accused the festival’s organisers of ripping up vegetation and ruining the river’s fragile ecosystem by damaging its bed and disrupting water flows.


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The National Green Tribunal allowed the event but fined spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living Foundation Rs 5 crore.


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An estimated 3.5 million people were said to have visited the festival, prompting green groups to claim the event will damage the Yamuna’s fragile ecosystem.

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Farmers who plough the banks of Yamuna also accused organisers of forcing them off the land

 

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The Delhi high court called the World Cultural Festival an “ecological disaster” but did not ban it.


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The festival reportedly had the world’s biggest ever performing stage. It was supposed to accommodate a symphony orchestra of 8,500 and 20,000 performers.


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Art of Living leader Ravi Shankar, who enjoys a cult following in India and abroad, has rejected criticism, saying the event will actually help Yamuna.


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Garbage piles up at the site of the Art of Living’s World Culture Festival on Monday after the three-day festival came to an end.


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Shankar said the Art of Living should be “lauded and rewarded” and not criticised for choosing Yamuna riverbank as the venue for the festival.


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Vegetable crops appear damaged at the Art of Living’s World Culture Festival.


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A farmer removes garbage after the World Culture Festival ended on Sunday.

 

 

Courtesy: Hindustantimes


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