Govardhan and Barsana Parikrama to get facelift

2024.02.01 (Vrindavan Today News): The Uttar Pradesh Braj Teerth Vikas Parishad is focused on the holistic development of Braj. It has undertaken several initiatives to restore the ancient heritage sites, water bodies, groves and the Parikrma routes. The UPBTVP has also taken several initiatives to pave way for the development for making the journey of the visitors memorable.

Shri Shailjakant Misra, the Vice Chairman of Uttar Pradesh Braj Teerth Vikas Parishad (UPBTVP), along with the officials from the district administration, conducted a thorough inspection of the Govardhan and Barsana Parikrama Marg. Shri Misra gave required directions to the officials during the inspection and review meeting held at the PWD inspection building in Govardhan on Wednesday.

The meeting, attended by key officials including CEO Nagendra Pratap, District Magistrate Shailendra Kumar, and SSP Shailesh Pandey, reviewed the development initiatives taken by various departments. The officials listed the priority tasks that included the repair of damaged road from the Daanghati Temple to the Police Station office. The Public Works Department was given direction for the repair of the road.  Directives were issued to the Forest and Revenue departments to undertake the maintenance of the well near Sant Gaya Prasad’s memorial site and the opening of a water channel.

Instructions were given to the Nagar Panchayat of Govardhan for the maintenance and operation of Sankarshan Kund and the Chief Veterinary Officer was asked for proper management of the Goshala near parikrama marg. The updates on the cleanliness and construction of toilets on government land near Bagdi Wali Pyau along the Chhoti Parikrama were also sought. The Forest Department was asked to provide land for two pink toilets.

Additionally, the Police Department was instructed to install CCTV cameras along the parikrama marg, operate PA and Wi-Fi systems, regulate the influx of non-registered rickshaws, and collaborate with the local administration to curb encroachments along the parikrama marg.

The Forest Department was given responsibility for fencing work along the parikrama marg, while the Nagar Panchayat of Govardhan received instructions for to undertake the management of six colonies. After the meeting, officials conducted an inspection of the pilgrimage route and key locations, emphasizing the need for improvements.

In Barsana, a development brainstorming session was held with Padam Fauji, the representative of the Nagar Panchayat’s Chairman, and Executive Officer Pooja Singh. Inspection covered ropeways, the parikrama marg, and the Brahmanchal hill. The Nagar Panchayat Chairman’s representative urged the officials to develop a parking lot at Sankari Khor. He also advised to link Vilas Gad, Managarh, and Mor Kuti, Dan Gad through ropeways.

The District Magistrate gave direction for the measurement of Brahmanchal Hill, its subsequent removal of encroachment and the finishing touches on its slope. Plantation of shaded plants like Neem, Peepal, and Banyan along the pilgrimage route was also emphasized. Once encroachment is removed and proper lighting is in place, the responsibility of the parikrama marg will be handed over to the Nagar Panchayat.

Detailed instructions for the maintenance of toilets were given for multiple locations, including near Gangadham, Deeg Adda, Rambaba Ashram, Radhakund Rajwah, Devi School, Bohare Ji Petrol Pump, Bus Stand, and Sankarshan Kund.

Nagar Panchayats of Govardhan and Radhakund received specific directives for the upkeep of toilets.

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