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AOL seeks time to respond to expert panel’s report on Yamuna

Spiritual guru Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living (AOL) on Wednesday moved the Green Court seeking extension of time for submitting its response to the expert committee’s report on Yamuna, which had said its cultural extragavanza “completely destroyed” the riverbed. A seven-member expert committee headed by Shashi Shekhar, Secretary of Ministry of Water Resources, had opined that the three-day ‘World Culture Festival’ organised by AOL had not only damaged the floodplain, but the ground also was “now totally levelled, compacted and hardened and is totally devoid of water bodies or depressions and almost completely devoid of any vegetation”. However, AOL had refuted the findings and said the NGT committee’s finding is “biased, unscientific, lacked credibility”. It said: “The report, recently submitted by the committee to NGT, contains no analysis, no in-depth investigation, no reports of any scientific tests to support conclusions.” 
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