//"ART OF LIVING " festival caught in a

"ART OF LIVING " festival caught in a

BANGALORE: Though the din raised by the three-day festivities of the ‘Art of Living’ foundation of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar at the Jakkur Airfield here last week has subsided, the dust kicked up by it is causing havoc.

The shrubs and grass at the Airfield, used by some private aircraft charters such as Deccan aviation and Microlite aircraft flyers, had been completely dug up for the mega event, which had attracted thousands of art of living members from across the world.

Deccan Aviation Chief Captain G R Gopinath, talking to reporters at the Airfield on Friday, was highly critical of the manner in which the Airfield had been dug up using excavators and said he would take up the issue with the State government.

“I have no complaint about the function organised by Art of Living, but the manner in which the Airfield had been spoiled would affect the users for several days,” he said.

The shrubs and grasslands on either side of the runway were acting as a soil-binding agent. However, with its removal, strong winds have kicked up dust, affecting not only the operations of Deccan aviation, but also the functioning of the workshops.

Gopinath said the aero engines have been opened up and a fine layer of dust had settled down inside the hangars, even though they were closed. The highway adjoining the Airfield, leading to Hyderabad, wore a hazy look and at times visibility was reduced to vehicle drivers following strong winds.

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