The National Green Tribunal (NGT) Thursday held the Art of Living Foundation (AoL) responsible for damaging the Yamuna floodplains when it organised a three-day cultural festival in March last year

Judgement of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Manoj Misra & Others Vs Art of Living International Center & Others dated 07/12/2017 regarding World Culture Festival Celebration on Yamuna flood plain. This has led to illegal and unauthorized dumping and construction in the active flood plains of river Yamuna in the NCT of Delhi which was taking place over some 25 hectares upstream of DND Flyway. The flood plains which were excellent natural wetlands as recently as September 2015 have been cleared and levelled by the Art of Living International Center.

The NGT had slammed the DDA for casting aspersions on the findings of its expert committee on the damage caused to the Yamuna floodplains due to this cultural event.

Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of Baljeet Singh & Others Vs Delhi Development Authority & Others dated 06/11/2017 regarding encroachments on the Yamuna flood plains. Apex Court directs for final disposal of these matters on 15th January, 2018 as it involved a large number of encroachments on the flood plains of Yamuna.

The usual chemical froth layer on the water of the Yamuna, there is now all kinds of biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste lying on the ghats

Chhath is also about cleanliness and caring for rivers ponds, lakes and canals where the prayers are offered.

The green panel had directed the Delhi government and other authorities to submit a status report on the condition of river Yamuna after the immersion of idols.

The Centre has approved setting up a turtle sanctuary in Allahabad and a river bio-diversity park at Sangam in the city.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Manoj Mishra Vs. Union of India & Others dated 04/10/2017 regarding pollution of river Yamuna. The Counsel appearing for NCT Delhi submits that the cleaning process of the banks of river Yamuna is in progress. The idols which were immersed into the water are being removed and the authorities including Corporation will carry them to the appropriate sites.

An expert committee had, in April this year, told the NGT that Rs 42.02 crore would be required to restore the Yamuna floodplains, which was ravaged due to a cultural extravaganza organised by AOL.

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