Mathura, 2017.08.25 (Aditya Devi, TNN): Hearing a petition seeking stay on developmental work carried out by the Mathura administration on the heritage ghats of Vrindavan, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has sought a detailed report from the Jal Nigam on a proposed sewerage treatment plant (STP) near the Yamuna river for treating waste water from the Kosi drain.
The Mathura authorities were planning to building the STP near Yamuna as part of the river front development projects.
Akash Vashishtha, petitioner in the case, who is also a coordinator of Alliance for Culture and Environment (ACE), a forum working for the conservation of environment and natural heritage of Brij area, had challenged construction of an interceptor drain, which would run parallel to the expanded riverfront and transport sewage from the Kosi canal and 18 different drains running through Vrindavan before eventually dumping the same without any treatment into the river.
On this, officials had informed that a drainage system and STP has been proposed to be constructed in the holy city. “On Wednesday, Jal Nigam officials said that the STP could be built near the drain itself but stated that it would need financial aid from the irrigation department and the city municipality. The court then directed the officials to prepare a detailed report,” Vashishtha told TOI.
Earlier in May, while not removing the stay on constructions at heritage ghats of Vrindavan, the green panel had allowed the Mathura irrigation department to carry out sheet piling activity on the Yamuna riverbed. This permission was recently challenged by another Vrindavan resident, Vijay Goswami, who claimed that in the name of sheet piling, authorities were actually planning to build a road on the riverbed.
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