The NGT held a hearing over implementation of its Wednesday's order. AoL told the tribunal that it will abide by the ruling and sought four weeks to deposit Rs.5 crore.

The tribunal said that the AoL should pay Rs.25 lakh today and the balance in three weeks. The AoL's three-day cultural extravaganza starts today.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to inaugurate the 'World Culture Festival' that plans to bring together people of talent, eminence and repute in which 3.5 million people are expected to participate.

In the wake of controversies triggered by concerns over environmental violations, President Pranab Mukherjee pulled out of the valedictory function on Saturday and there was no official word on whether Modi will participate.

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, who was one of the invitees, has also pulled out of the event.

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