Vrindavan, 2020-03-07 (VT): Taking a serious view of Mathura Vrindavan Development Authority (MVDA) failure in tackling the polluted waters of Radha Kund, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has warned its chief functionary of stringent action.
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has held that the CEO of Mathura Vrindavan Development Authority will be liable to prosecution and payment of compensation under the provisions of the National Green Tribunal Act, 2010, which includes civil imprisonment and termination of salary.
The Green Court was displeased over the delay in submitting the report on action taken by the MVDA to prevent pollution in the twin tanks of Radha Kund and Shyam Kund.
The State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) submitted a report to the Tribunal stating that the water of the two kunds is unfit for consumption due to contamination by the discharge of sewage and domestic waste. The MVDA, however, didn’t perform its duty of cleaning up the water bodies and submitting a subsequent action taken/work progress report
Earlier the NGT had directed the authorities to display a clear warning on the site stating that the water is unfit for human consumption till the situation improves.
Sushil Raghav, the petitioner in NGT, said, “The Court had asked that explanatory boards be put up near these water bodies to prevent people from doing ‘achman’ and other religious rituals, but that was not done. Despite the threat to people’s health and life, authorities have been allowing the contamination of these water bodies, which clearly indicates fraudulent practices on their part.”
The tribunal has given an opportunity for course correction before coercive measures are taken against the CEO. An explanation will be sought from him on the next hearing which will be held on April 15.
Meanwhile the SPCB has informed the Tribunal of compensation recovery from MVDA being underway.
It should be noted that the twin kunds are held sacred by the Gaudiya Vaishnavas. Thousands of devotees visit Radha Kund and take the holy dip in it every year.