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The Indian Herald

March 12, 2016

Delhi comes to a halt, traffic jams mar Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's controversial event, rain affects the first day

Rain and traffic jams marked the first day of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's mega show World Cultural Festival (WCF) in Delhi.

Due to rain, the event was briefly disrupted. Still, Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at the event and addressed the gathering. However, for Delhi residents, it was a nightmare on the streets.

Roads were choc-a-bloc and vehicles moved at snail's speed due to the jams. As thousands came to see the show, this led to jams. 

Long trail of vehicles was visible on the roads and it took hours for the people to get to their homes in the evening. 

Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar who heads Art of Living had organised the show on the bank of Yamuna despite fears of damage to the river. This was despite opposition from the environmentalists. 

Even the National Green Tribunal (NGT) was livid with the event and had imposed fine but later softened its stand. Premieres from different countries were invited. Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe came to India but didn't attend the event. 

TIH Bureau

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