Vrindavan, 2017.09.17 (VT): The Comissioner of the Municipal Corporation Dr. Ujjwal Kumar carried out an inspection of Vrindavan’s sewage pumping stations on Saturday. After observing that some elements of these stations were not functional, he ordered them to be repaired immediately and announced that the sewage drains dumping into Yamuna would soon be closed.
In a meeting with the Banke Bihari temple administration, the Comissioner advised them to create a flower-composting unit, so that the leftover flowers from the temple are not simply thrown away with the garbage.
The Commisioner also inspected the renovation of the ancient ghats being done under the HRIDAY project, observing the illegal encroachments on the ghats. He instructed his subordinates to remove them. Taking note of the huge drains that dump sewage into Yamuna at Mathura’s Vihar Ghat and Suraj Ghat, he ordered the Executive Engineer of the Jal Nigam to block them as soon as possible.
In June of this year, an inspection by ADM of Mathura Shri Ravindra Kumar carried out a similar inspection, where he found several sewage pumping stations completely dysfunctional and others operating below capacity. The sewage pumping stations at Kalidah in particular was in terrible shape: the plant was completely dysfunctional and there was no trace of any activity there. There was no diesel in the generator and sewage was spread throughout the entire pumping station, even in the starter room. There were no staff from the Jal Nigam present there.
It is not clear whether there have been any improvements since June but certainly the sewage produced by Vrindavan is still, for the most part, flowing directly into the Yamuna. We have some hope that the comissioner of the newly-formed Mathura-Vrindavan Nagar Nigam will be able to bring about some long-awaited change.
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