Sri Sri Ravi Shankar of Art of Living has organised a 3 day long event on Yamuna floodplains. Delhi High Court on Wednesday said it appears to be a “disaster” from the “ecological point of view”. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to inaugurate the mega event at 5pm amid confusion over permission for the function. The National Green Tribunal has set a deadline till 4pm today for the Art of Living to deposit Rs 5 crore fine for violating environmental norms. The Art of Living has told the NGT that it will need 4 weeks to arrange the money.

Special Commissioner of Police Muktesh Chander, who is charting out the traffic plan for the three-day cultural extravaganza said, “People should preferably take public transport to commute and avoid the Noida Link Road, NH-24 and the Ring Road stretch from the point of intersection with Bhairon Marg till the mouth of the DND Flyway.”

The official further said, those approaching from the trans-Yamuna side towards central Delhi, should use the ITO Road as Akshardham and NH-24 will be congested. Commuters from Noida heading towards Delhi should take the DND flyover as traffic on the Noida Link Road is expected to be heavy during the event, he said.

Around 6,000 personnel from all 11 districts of Delhi Police and its specialised units like the the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) and Special Cell will be deployed at the World Culture Festival. A special police control room would also be set up to ensure round-the-clock monitoring, amidst an uncertainty regarding the total footfall which the three-day event would witness.

At least 1,500 officials along with a team of Eagle Commandos will be present at the venue. Another 500 will be pressed into service in and outside the hotel where the dignitaries, guests and artistes will stay.