Govardhan, 2019.01.10 (VT): Braj Tirtha Vikas Parishad (BTVP) has started the treatment and purification of the holy waters of Govardhan’s Radha and Shyama Kund on Wednesday.
A Gurugram-based agency, JS Water Agency Life has been contracted for the job. The project will be carried out in collaboration with the Tourism and Fire Departments. the project will take around three months to complete.
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 increasing the proliferation of pollution-combating bacteria. Results will be visible within ten days of the ‘overdosing’.
Test results show that the water of Radha Kund and Shyama Kund is biologically unfit. For example, there is 46 mg.L carbon dioxide, instead of 30 mg/L. It is hoped that the good bacteria being added to the kunds will oxygenate the water.
If the project is successful, BTVP will implement this strategy for treatment of other kunds in Braj. According to BTVP chief engineer AP Singh, maintenance of the post-treatment kunds will not be a costly affair.
Situated on the Govardhan Parikrama Marg, Radha Kund is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Braj. Thousands of people visit 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.
The derelict state of 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 waste and household garbage.
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 renovation. However, the project was not executed.
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.