Help is at hand for dying heritage water bodies of Radha Kund and Shyam Kund of Mathura that are steeped in religious faith but have been cursed with slow death due to continuous discharge of sewage and domestic waste into them.

However, it was left to a Ghaziabad resident and noted green activist Sushil Raghav to file a petition in National Green Tribunal (NGT) that has passed an order on May 6 for a “joint inspection and action taken report from a Committee comprising Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB), District Magistrate, Mathura and Mathura Vrindavan Nagar Nigam within two months.”  The NGT has further directed that UPPCB to be the nodal agency for coordination and compliance.

The NGT order stated that, “The issue raised in this application relates to remedial steps to be taken against discharge of sewage and domestic waste into the Radha Kund andShyam Kund in the Village of Arita in Mathura District, Uttar Pradesh.”

Raghav had alleged that in absence of propersewerage system, accumulated sewage or domestic waste is being dumped into the Radha Kund.

The NGT stated that “Microbiological tests carried out by SN Medical College, Agra found the presence of bacterial infection cholera in the waters of Radha Kund and Shyam Kund. The report concluded that the water was not fit for drinking and the reason for the increased instances of food poisoning could be attributed to the contaminated water of the Radha Kund and Shyam Kund. A study carried out by the Department of Zoology, MSJ Govt. P.G. College,

Bharatpur, Rajasthan also reveals that physiochemical parameters such as turbidity, alkalinity, hardness, sulphates and chlorides in the water of the Radha Kund and Shyam Kund substantially exceeded the prescribed limits given by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). Increased number of cases of diarrheal disease outbreak and the aforementioned tests link the outbreak of diseases to the water quality of the two Kunds.”

Raghav expressed hope that the judgment will force the authorities to eventually take preventive measures necessary for survival of these water bodies.

The matter has been listed for further hearing on August 21.

Prasoon Pant,



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