NGT Gives Nod to Isha Foundation for Mahashivaratri Celebrations

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    NGT Gives Nod to Isha Foundation for Mahashivaratri Celebrations

    The Adiyogi- a 34-metre-tall, 45-metre-long and 25-metre-wide statue of the Hindu god Shiva at Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.

    The Adiyogi- a 34- metre-tall, 45- metre-long and 25- metre-wide statue of the Hindu god Shiva at Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.

    In the order, the green tribunal mentioned that Isha Yoga Centre is not located in the elephant passage as was alleged.

    The southern bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) provided a nod to Isha Structure to perform its Mahashivaratri festival after obtaining due authorizations from the district administration, authorities, and forest department.

    The petition was filed in connection with concerns that the foundation was developed on an encroached land and the celebrations could disturb the elephant corridor, resulting in man-animal conflict.

    In the said order, it was observed, “It was verified by the Regional Chief Conservator of Forests that there is no infringement in the forest location by eleventh respondent[Isha Foundation] Though it was not stated as an elephant corridor, due to the passage of elephants taken in that area, certain restrictions have been released and likewise directed to get rid of specific constructions made during Maha Shivaratri function and likewise they have actually been directed to maintain green belt to mitigate noise pollution and so on.”

    The order while getting rid of the petition, likewise observed that matters about advancement are pending prior to the High Court, so it would not be suitable to enter into these concerns. And the court likewise directed the Tamil Nadu State Contamination Board to guarantee that decibel levels were within appropriate limitations during the occasion.

    Meanwhile, the Isha structure has regularly rejected any violation of ecological laws and has actually consistently turned down claims of an elephant corridor.

    The order likewise specified that no man-animal conflict has been reported during Maha Shivaratri festival. “So far, no untoward occurrences of damages to life/property by wild animals’ are reported to have taken place during this celebration.” The Tribunal likewise specified that Isha Yoga Centre is not located in the elephant corridor.


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