The water of Radha Kund and Shyam Kund is not fit for human consumption let alone for performing rituals such as achman. These facts were submitted to National Green Tribunal (NGT) after which the Tribunal on Oct 11 passed a judgment directing the Mathura Vrindavan Development Authority (MVDA) to clean the said kunds and prevent discharge of sewage and domestic waste.
A plea in the green court was filed by Ghaziabad based noted environmentalist Sushil Raghav who was perturbed to see the condition of these ponds or kunds that are much revered by the Hindu community and pilgrims coming to Mathura.
Taking note the NGT had directed the UPPCB, District Magistrate, Mathura and Mathura Vrindavan Nagar Nigam for a joint inspection and action taken report to verify the claims of discharge of sewage and domestic waste into Radha Kund and Shyam Kund in Village Arita in Mathura District, Uttar Pradesh.
Accordingly, report dated August 20 furnished by the SPCB confirms that the water in the two kunds was found to be unfit for consumption on account of contamination due to discharge of sewage and domestic waste. Mathura Vrindavan Development Authority (MVDA) is to clean the said kunds and prevent discharge.
The Tribunal also directed MVDA to furnish an action taken report on or before November 11. The NGT also directed the SPCB to ‘ensure control of water pollution in exercise of its authority under the provisions of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 by taking action which may include recovery of compensation on ‘Polluter Pays’ principle.
It was also directed that the water quality may be got displayed with clear warning that water was unfit for human consumption till the situation improves.
–By Prasoon Pant