Delhi water minister Kapil Mishra says Sri Sri's event must be held again on Yamuna's banks

The minister's comment came a day after an expert panel's report slammed Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's 2016 event for damaging the Yamuna banks.

After an expert panel's finding that it will take extensive effort to reverse the damage caused to the Yamuna floodplains by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's cultural event- 'World Culture Festival 2016', Delhi water minister Kapil Mishra said that the event should, in fact, be held again and 'only on its banks'.

Mishra also invited Art of Living (AOL) founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who had organised the cultural extravaganza last year, for holding the event again.

The NGT-appointed committee of experts highlighted that the rehabilitation of Yamuna floodplains destroyed by AOL's 'World Culture Festival' will cost Rs 42 crores and take almost 10 years.

Unfazed by the alarming revelations, Mishra laughed at the report, saying it's not that earlier the Yamuna riverbed was in the pink of health.

"It is as if Sri Sri came and poured gutters into the pristine river. He damaged it so much that it will take 10 years to restore it," he joked.

Mishra, who claims to be a Yamuna activist, hit out at people who believe that the river can be revived by keeping it "untouchable".

Mishra's remark has left environmentalist working on rejuvenating the river fuming.

"It's inappropriate, brazen and not befitting of a lawmaker of Delhi, to comment on the due process of directives and observations of the court and the panel appointed by the court," said environmentalist Vimlendu Jha.

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