Govardhan, 2018.01.12 (VT) The Yogi Government plans to acquire some of Govardhan’s busiest temples and use the funds to provide services to pilgrims. The Shrine Board (Braj Tirtha Vikas Parishad (BTVP) plans to take over the management of Danghati Temple, Mansi Ganga and Mukharavind Temple at Jatipura. This will not be the first time that the Government has taken over the management of temoles, the Amarnath and Vaishno Devi temple are administered by Shrine Boards.
The BTVP expects to earn up to 24 crore (around US$4 million) annually, which will be used for the improved visitor services and the creation and maintenance of the green zone at the base of Govardhan hill.
The CEO of BVTP, Nagendra Pratap, said that the purpose of the BTVP is to preserve the mythology and ancient beauty of Braj. The area around Govardhan was previously declared to be a no-construction zone and a green zone, but the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has been consistently dissatisfied with the ability of government bodies to enforce the regulations.
It is hoped that, the BTVP will use the increased funding to provide much needed facilities for pilgrims such as, drinking water facilities, CCTVs, designated areas for feeding cows and monkeys, cleaning and public toilets.
At a BTVP meeting on Thursday, it was decided that 1000 trees will be planted in Govardhan’s inner Parikrama Marg and water from canals in the area will be used to water the new trees and fill Govardhan’s kunds.
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