Vrindavan, 2017.06.28 (VT): New information has surfaced about the events leading up to the June 23rd meeting, after which the CDO filed a criminal complaint against the reasearch director of The Braj Foundation.
Prior to the meeting, the Assistant Comissioner of the Nagar Nigam Mr. Brajesh Kumar informed the CDO that since January 2017, only 16 percent of The Braj Foundation’s work under the HRIDAY project had been finished. He also questioned the quality of the work that had been done.
Last week during an inspection, the CDO identified some faults in the NGO’s work on the parikrama marg. After that, the Assistant Comissioner wrote a letter asking for an explanation from the Additional Civil Engineer. In the letter, he demands answers as to why the government offices had not been informed that The Braj Foundation’s work was not going smoothly. He also questioned why the contractors were not pushed to work faster.
Earlier allegations that The Braj Foundation had made unauthorized changes to the DPR have proven to be true.
Additionally, on June 5, Additional Superintendant of Police Siddharth Varma wrote to the CDO saying that before the beautification work in the street in front of Shri Krishna Janmasthan can take place, the electric wires need to be re-routed below ground, and before Potra Kund can be rennovated the boundary wall must be extended up to the railway crossing’s barrier for security’s sake. These issues were allegedly discussed in a meeting with the CDO and the Braj Foundation on June 8th.
Following the explosive July 23rd meeting, the President of the Braj Foundation complained to the Chief Minister about CDO. Mr. Narain proposed that the CDO is trying to defame the Braj Foundation. He continued to say that when the beautification work was going on at Shri Krishna Janmasthan, in the name of security, the CDO stopped the work for no reason.
Regarding the events of 23rd June, Vineet Narain said that Mr. Mittal, The Braj Foundation’s Research Director, did not misbehave with the CDO, and that the CCTV camera footage from her office will reveal the truth.
While the CDO has filed a criminal case against Mittal, Mittal has written a letter of complaint to the police about the CDO.
A meeting was held recently at the office of Mathura DM Arvind Malappa Bangari. The DM, the CDO, Senior Police Superintendant Vinod Kumar Mishra and The Braj Foundation’s Raghav Mittal, Gaurav Gola and Commandant Janardan Pant were present.
In the meeting, both sides reportedly discussed their respective concerns, and made the collective decision to continue collaborating on the HRIDAY project. The District Magistrate has offered to mediate should any problems arise.
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