Braj Tirtha Vikas Parishad will begin the treatment and purification of the holy waters of Govardhan’s Radha and Shyam Kund this week.
A Gurugram-based agency has been roped in for the job. The project will be carried out in collaboration with the Tourism and Fire Departments. It is expected to take three months for completion.
Situated on the Govardhan Parikrama Marg, Radha Kund is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Braj. Thousands of people visit the place during festivals. Even though residents and activists have been vocal about the polluted state of its waters, this has not deterred devotees from performing ‘Achaman’ (sipping of water for purification) or bathing in the kund.
It is heartening that the government has finally started working on a solution. To begin with, firefighting machines will be used to overdose the two kunds which together cover an area of more than 3 acres. This will help in the proliferation of pollution-combating bacteria. Results will be visible within ten days of overdosing.
According to BTVP chief engineer AP Singh, maintenance of the post-treatment kunds will not be a costly affair.
If the project is successful, BTVP will implement this strategy for treatment of other kunds in Braj.
The derelict state of these ancient and sacred water bodies of Braj is no secret. Many have been encroached upon, while others that have dried up are reduced to dumping grounds for construction and human waste.
The previous government planned the renewal and restoration of ancient water bodies of Braj under the World Bank’s Pro- poor tourism project. Eleven kunds situated in Vrindavan, Mathura, Goverdhan, Varsana and Nandgaon were identified for it. There was no progress on the execution front however.
The incumbent government led by chief minister Yogi Adityanath pruned the list to include nine kunds which will also feature on UP’s official tourist map. These include Potra Kund, Davanal Kund, Govind Kund, Harji Kund, Narad Kund, Madhusudan Kund, Vihval Kund, Priya Kund and Vrishabhanu Kund. Last year a sum of Rs. 100 crore was promised for their renovation.