The rope way project at Varsana may get green nod soon from the Apex Court. A two member empowered committee appointed by the Supreme Court of India visited Varsana on Friday. The Mathura District Administration sought permission to cut 25 trees to pave way for the ambitious rope way project.
These trees fall on the route of the proposed rope way. Since Varsana falls in the Taj trapezium zone, the apex court had set restriction on tree felling under 10,400 square kilometer areas, identified as the eco sensitive zone.
The Empowered Committee felt that the rope way was useful for Varsana to take the handicapped and the elderly people to the Radha Rani temple situated on the hill. The committee has identified the trees which needed to be removed from the path of the rope way. The committee will submit the report to the court and if the court grants permission then the project will begin within two three months time.
Shri P.V. Jai Krishnan, the chairman of the Central Empowered Committee and Shri Mahendra Vyas met the officials of the forestry department, tourism department
and the Mathura Vrindavan Development Authority at the PWD guest house. They discussed the modality about the importance of the rope way to promote tourism and facilitate the elderly to have darshan.
According to the MVDA Vice chairman Shri Nagendra Pratap, the members of the empowered committee had climbed up to the Radha Rani Temple in Varsana and felt that the rope would prove very useful for the elderly. Shri N.K. Janu, the District Forest Officer of Mathura emphasized that the rope way will be an eco – friendly transport to the hill as it will be battery operated.
While the rope way project may boost tourism, the green activists are against it. “There is no need of the rope way in Varsana. People should visit Vraja for pilgrimage not for tourism. One should climb the steps of the hill to reach the temple. The elderly or handicapped people can go directly on car to the hill top. They can hire the palkis, which can take them to the temple,” said Madhumangal Shukla.
Shri Girdhari Brajwasi said, “It is not about just 25 trees to be sacrificed. Once the rope way begins functioning, the real estate value of the place will go up. People will buy more and more land there and then the remaining trees will be cut by the colonizers.” “We have lost Vrindavan to the greed of the people selling the land. We don’t want the Vrindavan experience is repeated there. People should come here for Bhakti, not for masti, said Shri Dhananjay Goutam.