Lucknow / Mathura, June 15th 2015: It seems that the voices of the Brajwasis, to conserve the natural heritage of Vraja have reached to the ears of the State government.
On Saturday, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Shri Akhilesh Yadav announced setting up of a peacock sanctuary in Vraja, to help conserve the national bird. According to the state government’s spokesman the peacock sanctuary will be set up on the forest department’s reserve land in Mathura District. This announcement is considered as one among the several slews of gifts to the temple towns of Mathura and Vrindavan by the Chief Minister.
The members of the Braj Vrindavan Heritage Alliance welcomed the move. Senior member of the Alliance Dr. Chandra Prakash Sharma said, “The peacock sanctuary has been one of our several demands to revive the ecological glory of Vraja. We suggested it to the Chief Development Officer, Shri Andra Vamsi during a meeting of HRIDAY, the Heritage City initiative of the Central Government.
Girdhari Brajwasi, a senior member of the Panda Sabha said, “Any visitor coming to Vrindavan will want to visit the peacock sanctuary, as the peacock has a special place in the hearts of the Krishna devotees. It will be heartening to see peacocks happily dancing in a sprawling sanctuary.”
“The BVHA strongly advocated for a peacock sanctuary in the proposal which was submitted to the team which was making plans for the Pro –poor tourism development, funded by the World Bank”, said Dhananjay Gautam, another BVHA activist.
However, while expressing their satisfaction on this announcement by the Chief Minister, the civil society organization was cautious if there was enough facility available in the forest lands of Vraja. They felt that there are not many mounds and deep trenches left in the jungles. Moreover the forests in the Mathura District lack tall trees, in which the birds can perch. The forests department has to work very hard to plant tall trees in the forest to replace the scrub-like thorny acacia (babool) trees that dominate the landscape.