NGT raps DDA for casting apersions on panel's findings on Art Of Living event

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar took exception to the submission of the counsel for DDA, who questioned the conclusions of the seven-member expert panel.

Published: 11th May 2017 02:07 PM  |   Last Updated: 11th May 2017 02:07 PM   |  A+A-

A giant figure of an elephant towers over the venue of the World Cultural Festival being organised by the Art of Living Foundation in New Delhi on the banks of the Yamuna. I Express Photo

By PTI

NEW DELHI: The National Green Tribunal today rapped the Delhi Development Authority for casting aspersions on the findings of its expert committee on damage caused to the Yamuna floodplains because of the 3-day cultural event organised by Art Of Living (AOL).
    
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar took exception to the submission of the counsel for DDA, who questioned the conclusions of the seven-member expert panel.
    
"It is not fair. You cannot make sweeping comments on people who have devoted their life to environment. We are warning you people that if anybody passes strictures, we will
not hesitate to take action against them," the bench said.
    
The DDA counsel said he did not intend to cast aspersions and was just questioning the basis of the findings and technology used by the experts panel.
    
Earlier, an expert committee had told the NGT that a whopping Rs 42.02 crore would be required to restore Yamuna floodplains which was ravaged due to a cultural extravaganza organised by AOL last year.

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