AGRA: The clamour to save heritage ghats of Vrindavan is growing louder. After a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in Allahabad High Court seeking a stay on developmental work being carried out by the Mathura administration at Keshi ghat and others, a city resident has now knocked on the doors of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) with a similar plea. However, the case is yet to be heard by the tribunal. According to information, the case will come up for hearing on October 17.
Meanwhile, an online petition has been started by an NRI woman requesting PM Narendra Modi and UP chief minister to intervene in the matter.
"With great hope and urgency we are approaching you to ask for interference in a calamitous development plan that has been initiated at Vrindavan, The last remaining three of our 32 historic sacred Yamuna ghats are in great danger. Little collaboration and consultation has taken place with the residents and organizations of Vrindavan and with the international community of Vaisnavas at large who hold these ghats as part of their sacred spiritual heritage," said the online petitioner, Radhika Manchanda.
She added that the River Front development project (of the government) plans on building new ghats in front of Keshi Ghat, the only ghat that today remains touched by river Yamuna...The unmatchable architecture and timeless panoramic beauty of these heritage temples can never be replicated by modern day architecture.
She urged the PM and the CM to stop the initiative immediately and the the river bank is left alone with no attempt to modernize, and urbanize this public space.
Environment activist Akash Vashishtha, who has moved the green panel in this regard, in his plea has sought a stay on the ongoing construction activity in the area.
The Uttar Pradesh government, under the Vrindavan rejuvenation project, has proposed "expansion, renovation and beautification" work of three kilometre riverfront from Kesi ghat to downstream of river Yamuna.
The activist is his plea has claimed that reclamation of the eco-sensitive Yamuna floodplain is being carried out in gross violation of Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and the provisions of the EIA Notification of 2006.seeking a stay on the ongoing construction activity in the area.
Earlier this week, while hearing a PIL, Allahabad HC directed the Mathura administration to ensure that no damage is done to heritage ghats of Vrindavan.