Janmashtami approaching but Goverdhan Parikrama in a mess, laments NGT

The court commissioner appointed by the NGT had painted a dismal picture of the area with overflowing waste water, garbage due to mushrooming bhandaras and other issues

Noting that the whole Goverdhan Parikrama marg in Mathura district was in a mess, especially with Janmashtami approaching the National Green tribunal (NGT) had asked the District Magistrate Mathura, Senior Superintendent of Police, SDM and all other concerning officers of the various departments, who are involved in compliance of the directions given by the Tribunal on August 4, 2015, to camp at Goverdhan for two days on August 20th and 21st, 2019 and ensure that all garbage, and other issues pointed by the Commissioner in respect of cleanliness of Parikarama as well as the three temples be completed. They shall also ensure that the waste water coming out, after offerings to the deity, is properly treated and all ETPs to remain in operation round the clock so that during Janmashtami Mela pilgrims are able to seek blessings of their deity, after going inside the temples and not just by standing outside.

Earlier, an NGT appointed court commissioner who ad visited the Parikrama Marg alonwth DM, SSP and other senior officials had noted that the whole landscape was mired in filth and garbage lacking in systemic  disposal leading to an overall civic mess.It has been stated in the report that follow up or supervision in respect of getting the compliance of the order of the Tribunal done, was a total failure, the NGT had noted.

Further, the court commissioner mentioned “that cleanliness of Parikarma Marg, Mansi Ganga, Daan Ghati and the temples was a total collapse. No pilgrims could walk through both the temples as receivers were least concerned about the facilities to the yatries. The garbage cleaning or its removal from temples was in a pathetic shape.”

It has been stated that in both the temples the floor was wet, slippery with soil socked and no one could walk and offer prayer to the deity, for which they had come. As regards the Parikarma Marg the Commissioner has mentioned that apart from Goverdhan Town rest of the Parikarma Marg was in a shabby condition.

The commissioner took round of the Parikrama Marg during the day as well as night, but could not find any safai karamchari working except some belonging to an NGO, namely, Ujjawal Braj.

The NGT also noted that most of the drains, which were pointed out to be 4 earlier were not cleaned at all before Mundiya Poonam mela. Those Nullas were got cleaned after two days of Purnima when the Commissioner requested the District Magistrate to intervene.

Another issue which had been noted by the Commissioner was that permission or temporary licenses were given by the SDM for bhandaras, serving the pilgrims. But this system was neither monitored nor checked, so much so, that no one was able to even confirm the total number of bhandaras which had been so allowed. There was no system to check the mushrooming of such bhandaras, which were mostly responsibly for uncontrolled garbage in the entire Parikaram Marg.

The NGT said that there were unabated or uncontrolled sound systems which were going on whole night, without any check. In respect of disposal of waste water from Daan Ghati to the ETP concerned, most of the fluid was left in the open near police station and no proper management for disposal of the same was done. The Commissioner has also observed with regard to uncontrolled battery operated rickshaws which have become a matter of great concern.

The NGT also lambasted officials of Rajasthan  as areas of Parikrama Marg and Giriraj Parvat lie within the territory of state of Rajasthan. The court commissioner has mentioned how in name beautification cement tiles have been laid on Kacchi Parikrama.

The Divisional Commissioner-Bharatpur, SP Bharatpur and SDO-Deeg are directed to remain present before the Tribunal on the next date of hearing that is August 28.

delhincrnews.in reporter