AOL row : NGT grants three weeks time to pay fine

Art-of-Living-Row-EscalatesThe National Green Tribunal has granted three weeks to the Art of Living Foundation (AOL) to deposit the Rs. 5 crore environmental compensation amount stating that Rs. 25 lakh will need to be deposited on Friday before the order. The Art of Living Foundation (AOL) had sought four weeks time to comply with the National Green Tribunal order to pay Rs. 5 crore environmental compensation imposed on them to host the World Cultural Festival, which begins this evening at the stressed and fragile floodplains of Yamuna. The amount had to be paid before the commencement of the programme.The Foundation said Rs. 5 crore ought to be taken as restoration amount for the bio-diversity park and not as a penalty. It pointed out that it was a charitable organisation and it would be difficult to “generate Rs 5 crore in such a short period.” AOL also confirmed to the NGT that they had taken permission from the fire department for the three-day event.

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