Mathura, July 12th 2015: The facelift of the ancient water bodies of Vraja will begin soon under the World Bank’s Pro- poor tourism project. The U.P. tourism has identified eleven kunds which are situated in Vrindavan, Mathura, Goverdhan, Varsana and Nandgaon. It has prepared a detailed report on these kunds, which has been submitted to the Divisional Commissioner of Agra for his approval. The Commissioner will review the significance of these kunds on Monday and finalize the proposal before the fund is released.
The Uttar Pradesh Government is exploring the possibilities to promote tourism in Vraja through World Bank funded Pro – poor tourism project. After proper evaluation, the tourism department has identified the restoration of eleven kunds. The department has prepared a detailed report on the demographic situation around the kund, including the maps of the water bodies and the areas which have been illegally encroached around those kunds. The restoration work of these kunds will begin after the approval of the commissioner.
Potra Kund in Mathura, Davanal Kund in Vrindavan, Mansi Ganga, Govind Kund, Kusum Sarovar, Harji Kund, Narad Kund, Vihval Kund in Goverdhan; Priya Kund, Vrishbhan Kund, Madhusudhan Kund in Varsana are the water bodies which have been identified for the restoration.
The biometric process will be used to treat the water of these kunds. The Mathura Vrindavan Development Authority has awarded the contract of the water treatment of the four major kunds to the Intel Company, which will treat the water of these kunds with the bacteria.
The Brajwasis have welcomed the restoration proposal of the ancient kunds of Vraja. But they wonder how the kunds will be filled with water. Over extraction of the ground water has become a concern for Vraja. The NGO’s which are engaged in the kund restoration projects have only relied on extracting the ground water to fill the kunds. No solid steps have been taken on the rain water harvesting for water conservation.
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