Govardhan, 2018.05.10 (VT): The beauty of Kusum Sarovar is no less than any of India’s great monuments and now plans are underway to make this grand sarovar the no. 1 tourist destination in India.
Yesterday, officials from the Braj Tirtha Vikas Parishad (BTVP); the Minister for culture, Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary; officials from the Department of Tourism, Department of Archaeology, and Forestry Department officials met at the sarovar to discuss the plans to develop the area. The plans will be finalized in a meeting scheduled for 29th May.
Attractions such as a fountain are included in the plan and there was also discussion of allowing boats for tourists in the sarovar.
Kusum Sarovar is home to the Samadhi of the King of Bharatpur, Maharaj Surjamal. The inside walls of the buildings behind the sarovar have paintings that are hundreds of years old. Under the development plan, the Samadhi, buildings and paintings will be repaired and restored.
The plans to develop the sarovar include lighting and security arrangements, improvement of roads leading to the sarovar and a carpark. Forestry Department officials expressed concerns that the forest surrounding the sarovar will suffer if the development is developed, but the other officials expressed enthusiasm about the plans to develop the area.
Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary expressed disapproval with the work that was previously done to restore the sarovar. Dr Suresh Dubey of the Archaeology Department was reprimanded for allowing funds that were earmarked for development to be wasted. Rs 10 Crore was previously entrusted to the Archaeology Department to restore the Samadhi and buildings of the sarovar, however, the area is still in disrepair.
The officials agreed that the water in the sarovar needs to be cleaned. Vice President of the BTVP, Shailjakant Mishra said that the animals living in the sarovar should not be disturbed, so it would be better to avoid draining off the water and instead clean the sarovar from the surface.
The group inspected the perimeter of the sarovar and identified areas where farmers had illegally extended their farms onto the sarovar land. The officials agreed that action must be taken immediately to remove all encroachments. Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary instructed Sub divisional magistrate, D.P. Singh that action must be taken to remove encroachments before the end of the week.
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